Life in Moving Fluids: The Physical Biology of Flow

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Princeton University Press, 1994 - Science - 467 pages
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Both a landmark text and reference book, Steven Vogel's Life in Moving Fluids has also played a catalytic role in research involving the applications of fluid mechanics to biology. In this revised edition, Vogel continues to combine humor and clear explanations as he addresses biologists and general readers interested in biological fluid mechanics, offering updates on the field over the last dozen years and expanding the coverage of the biological literature. His discussion of the relationship between fluid flow and biological design now includes sections on jet propulsion, biological pumps, swimming, blood flow, and surface waves, and on acceleration reaction and Murray's law. This edition contains an extensive bibliography for readers interested in designing their own experiments.

  

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I loved this book because it opened my mind to the all pervasive nature of the impact of flow on biological systems. Just take leaves as an example. Highly recommended for the casual reader or the serious scientist interested in understanding the world around them just a little bit more.

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Contents

Remarks at the Start
3
What is a Fluid and How Much So?
16
Neither Hiding nor Crossing Streamlines
32
Pressure and Momentum
50
Drag Scale and the Reynolds Number
81
The Drag of Simple Shapes and Sessile Systems
106
Shape and Drag Motile Animals
132
Velocity Gradients and Boundary Layers
156
The Thrust of Flying and Swimming
262
Flows within Pipes and Other Structures
290
Internal Flows in Organisms
308
Flow at Very Low Reynolds Numbers
331
Unsteady Flows
362
Flow at FluidFluid Interfaces
378
Do It Yourself
398
List of Symbols
403

Life in Velocity Gradients
174
Making and Using Vortices
204
Lift Airfoils Gliding and Soaring
230

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About the author (1994)

Steven Vogel is Professor of Zoology at Duke University. His most recent book Life's Devices, which Nature hailed as "brilliant and eccentric," won the first Irving and Jean Stone Prize for Science Writing for Public Understanding.

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