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Air and Water : The Biology and Physics of Life's Media - Mark Denny

Air and Water

The Biology and Physics of Life's Media

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Published: 21st September 1995
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Addressing general readers and biologists, Mark Denny shows how the physics of fluids (in this case, air and water) influences the often fantastic ways in which life forms adapt themselves to their terrestrial or aquatic "media."

Winner of the 1993 Award for Best New Book, Professional and Scholarly Division of the American Association of Univeristy Publishers "Seldom does one come across a science book that weighs 1.5 kg, is packed with information, and yet makes fascinating reading from cover to cover... [Denny] relates the ability of living organisms to exist, move, and function to the bulk physical properties of the two substrates peculiar to Earth: air and water... The biological examples are beautifully chosen and the author displays a fine sense of humor."--Felix Franks, Nature "This is an interesting and fascinating book for the biologist and environmental scientist, who are often faced with the problem of resolving the interactions between organisms and their environment but rarely have an adequate or sufficiently detailed knowledge of the underlying physical principles to achieve a satisfactory resolution. In considering the interdependence between the physics of air and water, and the functional biology of the organisms which have evolved and adapted to terrestrial or aquatic environments, Denny has focused our attention on how the differences in many attributes of life, such as size and shape, can be explained by the physics of fluids."--Dennis A. Baker, The Times Higher Education Supplement

List of Symbols and Subscripts
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
The Fluid Environmentp. 5
Thoughts at the Beginning: Basic Principlesp. 11
Density: Weight, Pressure, and Fluid Dynamicsp. 23
Viscosity: How Fluid is the Fluid?p. 58
Diffusion: Random Walks in Air and Waterp. 84
Density and Viscosity Together: The Many Guises of Reynolds Numberp. 111
Thermal Properties: Body Temperatures in Air and Waterp. 145
Electrical Resistivity and the Sixth Sensep. 174
Sound in Air and Water: Listening to the Environmentp. 190
Light in Air and Waterp. 221
Surface Tension: the Energy of the Interfacep. 253
Surface Wavesp. 271
Evaporation: Drying Out and Keeping Coolp. 296
A Thought at the Endp. 315
Literature Citedp. 317
Author Indexp. 327
Subject Indexp. 330
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691025186
ISBN-10: 0691025185
Series: International Studen
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 21st September 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.69 x 21.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.84