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Furry Logic

Furry Logic

The Physics of Animal Life

by Liz Kalaugher and Matin Durrani
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/01/2018
  $19.99

Furry Logic looks in detail at the animals that use cool physics in weird and intriguing ways as part of their daily battle to survive.

It details the role of physics in the lives of a number of animals, as uncovered by scientists researching the field of biomechanics.The book is divided into seven chapters, each representing a separate arm of physics. Each chapter examines the animals' key features before describing the ways they use physics, how this was discovered, and what remains to be found out. We learn:

  • how pistol shrimps can generate a force strong enough to destroy aquarium glass using their claws
  • how whales hear using fat
  • how cats and dogs lap up milk thanks to the laws of surface tension
  • why reindeer use ultraviolet light for foraging
  • how a male peacock's train generates infrasound' to attract a mate
  • how ants navigate thanks to magnetic fields
  • how mosquitoes survive collisions with raindrops

Furry Logic makes the incredible interdisciplinary world of animal biomechanics accessible to all, in an enthralling and entertaining read.

ISBN:
9781472914118
9781472914118
Category:
Physics
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-01-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x20mm
Weight:
0.27kg
Liz Kalaugher

Liz Kalaugher has a PhD in physics, along with qualifications in Biological Sciences. She is the editor of environmentalresearchweb.org, a leading news resource on environmental issues.

Matin Durrani

Matin Durrani is the Editor of the international magazine Physics World. After his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge (on polymers), Matin did a postdoc before moving into publishing in the late nineties. He has been editor of Physics World since 2006.

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