Nature s Machines

Nature’s Machines: An Introduction to Organismal Biomechanics presents the fundamental principles of biomechanics in a concise, accessible way while maintaining necessary rigor. It covers the central principles of whole-organism biomechanics as they apply across the animal and plant kingdoms, featuring brief, tightly-focused coverage that does for biologists what H. M. Frost’s 1967 Introduction to Biomechanics did for physicians. Frequently encountered, basic concepts such as stress and strain, Young’s modulus, force coefficients, viscosity, and Reynolds number are introduced in early chapters in a self-contained format, making them quickly available for learning and as a refresher. More sophisticated, integrative concepts such as viscoelasticity or properties of hydrostats are covered in the later chapters, where they draw on information from multiple earlier sections of the book. Animal and plant biomechanics is now a common research area widely acknowledged by organismal biologists to have broad relevance. Most of the day-to-day activities of an animal involve mechanical processes, and to the extent that organisms are shaped by adaptive evolution, many of those adaptations are constrained and channelized by mechanical properties. The similarity in body shape of a porpoise and a tuna is no coincidence. Many may feel that they have an intuitive understanding of many of the mechanical processes that affect animals and plants, but careful biomechanical analyses often yield counterintuitive results: soft, squishy kelp may be better at withstanding pounding waves during storms than hard-shelled mollusks; really small swimmers might benefit from being spherical rather than streamlined; our bones can operate without breaking for decades, whereas steel surgical implants exhibit fatigue failures in a few months if not fully supported by bone. Offers organismal biologists and biologists in other areas a background in biomechanics to better understand the research literature and to explore the possibility of using biomechanics approaches in their own work Provides an introductory presentation of the everyday mechanical challenges faced by animals and plants Functions as recommended or required reading for advanced undergraduate biology majors taking courses in biomechanics, supplemental reading in a general organismal biology course, or background reading for a biomechanics seminar course

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  • Author : David E. Alexander
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Pages : 202 pages
  • ISBN : 0128498978
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Nature's Machines

Nature's Machines
  • Author : David E. Alexander
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 15 August 2017
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Nature’s Machines: An Introduction to Organismal Biomechanics presents the fundamental principles of biomechanics in a concise, accessible way while maintaining necessary rigor. It covers the central principles of whole-organism biomechanics as they apply across the animal and plant kingdoms, featuring brief, tightly-focused coverage that does for biologists what H. M. Frost’s 1967 Introduction to Biomechanics did for physicians. Frequently encountered, basic concepts such as stress and strain, Young’s modulus, force coefficients, viscosity, and Reynolds number are introduced in

Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge

Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge
  • Author : Henry Plotkin
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release : 03 July 1997
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Learn and survive. Behind this simple equation lies a revolution in the study of knowledge, which has left the halls of philosophy for the labs of science. This book offers a cogent account of what such a move does to our understanding of the nature of learning, rationality, and intelligence. Bringing together evolutionary biology, psychology, and philosophy, Henry Plotkin presents a new science of knowledge, one that traces an unbreakable link between instinct and our ability to know. Contrary to

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Machines of Nature and Corporeal Substances in Leibniz
  • Author : Justin E. H. Smith,Ohad Nachtomy
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 04 January 2011
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In recent decades, there has been much scholarly controversy as to the basic ontological commitments of the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). The old picture of his thought as strictly idealistic, or committed to the ultimate reduction of bodies to the activity of mind, has come under attack, but Leibniz's precise conceptualization of bodies, and the role they play in his system as a whole, is still the subject of much controversy. One thing that has become clear is that

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  • Author : Frédéric Ogée,Peter Wagner,David Bindman
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release : 03 July 2022
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By focusing on the artist's most famous works, this collection of essays applies studies of science and philosophy from the period to give a more accurate sense of the meanings in Hogarth's art.

The Machinery of Nature

The Machinery of Nature
  • Author : Paul R. Ehrlich
  • Publisher : Touchstone
  • Release : 03 July 1987
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This explanation of ecology, written specifically for nonscientists emphasizes the relationships of living things and their environment and the delicate balance of natural ecosystems.

Birds

Birds
  • Author : Caroline Arnold
  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Release : 01 July 2003
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Hovering, gliding, diving -- how do birds do it? BIRDS: NATURE'S MAGNIFICENT FLYING MACHINES looks at how feathers, body structure, and wings vary from bird to bird. Readers will learn the mechanics of bird flight from takeoff to landing and discover how wing types meet the survival needs of each species. Popular science writer Caroline Arnold infuses this informative look at avian flight with her love of birds. Patricia J. Wynne's exquisitely detailed illustrations show these amazing creatures in action.

Species and Machines

Species and Machines
  • Author : Martyn Hudson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 18 September 2017
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This book offers a re-examination of the relationship between humans and nature with a new methodology: by examining our entanglement with machines. Using central ideas of critical theory, it uncovers the suppression of nature through technology, tools and engines. It focuses on the ways in which human social forms have actively subjugated and destroyed other species in order to enhance their own social power and accumulation, leading to a new Anthropocene epoch in which human intervention is signalled in the

Relics

Relics
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 31 October 2011
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Combines text with colorful photographs to chronicle the species of animals and plants that are biological relics of a bygone era.

Our Molecular Nature

Our Molecular Nature
  • Author : David S. Goodsell
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 06 December 2012
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Molecular Nature is a richly illustrated guide to the extraordinary diversity of molecules that are responsible for life. David Goodsell, author of the highly-praised book, The Machinery of Life, has synthesized a vast amount of data in a manner that is accessible to the general reader. Molecular Nature examines topics ranging from the shape of cells to the molecules responsible for digestion, immunity, and thought. The author's unique combination of scientific and artistic talents make this a readable, stimulating and

The Nature of the Mechanical Bond

The Nature of the Mechanical Bond
  • Author : Carson J. Bruns,J. Fraser Stoddart
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 07 November 2016
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An introduction to the mechanical bond -- The fundamentals of making mechanical bonds -- Making mechanical bonds under thermodynamic control -- Molecular topologies and architectures with mechanical bonds -- The stereochemistry of the mechanical bond -- Molecular switches and machines with mechanical bonds

Analogia

Analogia
  • Author : George Dyson
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 18 August 2020
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Named one of WIRED’s "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020" In Analogia, technology historian George Dyson presents a startling look back at the analog age and life before the digital revolution—and an unsettling vision of what comes next. In 1716, the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz spent eight days taking the cure with Peter the Great at Bad Pyrmont in Saxony, trying to persuade the tsar to launch a voyage of discovery from Russia to America

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The Nature of the Machine and the Collapse of Cybernetics
  • Author : Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 03 July 2017
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This book is a philosophical exploration of the theoretical causes behind the collapse of classical cybernetics, as well as the lesson that this episode can provide to current emergent technologies. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson advances the idea that the cybernetic understanding of the nature of a machine entails ontological and epistemological consequences that created both material and theoretical conundrums. However, he proposes that given our current state of materials research, scientific practices, and research tools, there might be a way for cybernetics

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  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 03 July 2022
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"This is the first machine-generated scientific book in chemistry published by Springer Nature. Serving as an innovative prototype defining the current status of the technology, it also provides an overview about the latest trends of lithium-ion batteries research. This book explores future ways of informing researchers and professionals. State-of-the-art computer algorithms were applied to: select relevant sources from Springer Nature publications, arrange these in a topical order, and provide succinct summaries of these articles. The result is a cross-corpora auto-summarization

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  • Author : Guido Visconti
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 14 April 2021
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This book presents the result of an innovative challenge, to create a systematic literature overview driven by machine-generated content. Questions and related keywords were prepared for the machine to query, discover, collate and structure by Artificial Intelligence (AI) clustering. The AI-based approach seemed especially suitable to provide an innovative perspective as the topics are indeed both complex, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, for example, climate, planetary and evolution sciences. Springer Nature has published much on these topics in its journals over the