Scaling in Biology / Edition 1

Scaling in Biology / Edition 1

by Geoffrey B. West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195131428

ISBN-13: 9780195131420

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Scaling relationships have been a persistent theme in biology at least since the time of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. Because scaling relationships are among the most general empirical patterns in biology, they have stimulated research to develop mechanistic hypotheses and mathematical models. While there have been many excellent empirical and theoretical

Overview

Scaling relationships have been a persistent theme in biology at least since the time of Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. Because scaling relationships are among the most general empirical patterns in biology, they have stimulated research to develop mechanistic hypotheses and mathematical models. While there have been many excellent empirical and theoretical investigations, there has been little attempt to synthesize this diverse but interrelated area of biology. In an effort to fill this void, Scaling in Biology, the first general treatment of scaling in biology in over 15 years, covers a broad spectrum of the most relevant topics in a series of chapters written by experts in the field. Some of those topics discussed include allometry and fractal structure, branching of vascular systems of mammals and plants, biomechanical and life history of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, and species-area patterns of biological diversity. Many more examples are included within this text to complete the broader picture. Scaling in Biology conveys the diversity, promise, and excitement of current research in this area, in a format accessible to a wide audience of not only specialists in the various sub-disciplines, but also students and anyone with a serious interest in biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195131420
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Santa Fe Institute Studies on the Sciences of Complexity Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Scaling in Biology: Patterns and Processes, Causes and Consequences, James H. Brown, Geoffrey B. West, and Brian J. Enquist
Allometry and Natural Selection, John Tyler Bonner and Henry S. Horn
Hovering and Jumping: Contrasting Problems in Scaling, R. McNeill Alexander
Scaling of Terrestrial Support: Differing Solutionsto Mechanical Constraints of Size, Andrew A. Biewener
Consequences of Size Change during Ontogeny and Evolution, Mimi A. R. Koehl
The Origin of Universal Scaling Laws in Biology, Geoffrey B. West, James H. Brown, and Brian J. Enquist
Scaling and Invariants in Cardiovascular Biology, John K.-J. Li
Vascular System of the Human Heart: Some Branching and Scaling Issues, Mair Zamir
Constrained Constructive Optimization of Arterial Tree Models, Wolfgang Schreiner et al.
Quarter-Power Allometric Scaling in Vascular Plants: Functional Basis and Ecological Consequences, Brian J. Enquist, Geoffrey B. West, and James H. Brown
Twigs, Trees, and the Dynamics of Carbon in the Landscape, Henry S. Horn
Cell Size, Shape, and Fitness in Evolving Populations of Bacteria, Richard E. Lenski and Judith A. Mongold
Does Body Size Optimization Alter the Allometries for Production and Life History Traits?, Jan Kozd/lowski
Why and How Phylogenetic Relationships Should Be Incorporated into Studies of Scaling, Paul H. Harvey
Individual Energy Use and the Allometry of Population Density, Hélène Cyr
Diversity and Convergence: Scaling for Conservation, William A. Calder
Scaling and Self-Similarity in Species Distributions: Implications for Extinction, Species Richness, Abundance, and Range, John Harte
Index

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