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.