Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World


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Why do you shift from walking to running at a particular speed? How can we predict transition speeds for animals of different sizes? Why must the flexible elastic of arterial walls behave differently than a rubber tube or balloon? How do leaves manage to expose a broad expanse of surface while suffering only a small fraction of the drag of flags in high winds? The field of biomechanics--how living things move and work--hasn't seen a new general textbook in more than two decades. Here a leading investigator and teacher lays ...

Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World 2003, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691112978