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Efficiency and Economy in Animal Physiology - Robert W. Blake

Efficiency and Economy in Animal Physiology

By: Robert W. Blake (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1992
ISBN: 9780521400664
Number Of Pages: 200

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There is often confusion over the meaning and usage of terms such as efficiency, economy, effectiveness, optimization, and perfection in biology. This book defines and discusses these concepts within a broad evolutionary perspective and considers how evolutionary pressures can affect the economy and efficiency of animals. Chapters consider biomaterials, skeletal systems, muscular function, aquatic and terrestrial locomotion, and cardiovascular systems. The result is a book of interest to all biologists, particularly those working in the field of comparative physiology and evolutionary biology.

Efficiency, effectiveness, perfection, optimization: their use in understanding vertebrate evolution
On the efficiency of energy transformations in cells and animals
Adapting skeletal muscle to be efficient
Efficiency and other criteria for evaluating the quality of structural biomaterials
Efficiency and optimization in the design of skeletal support systems
Efficiency in aquatic locomotion: limitations from single cells to animals
The concepts of efficiency and economy in land locomotion
Respiration in air-breathing vertebrates: optimisation and efficiency in design and function
Cardiac energetics and the design of vertebrate arterial systems
An evolutionary perspective on the concept of efficiency; how does function evolve?
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ISBN: 9780521400664
ISBN-10: 052140066X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 28th February 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47