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NATURE'S FLYERS: Birds, Insects, And The Biomechanics Of Flight - Product Details

NATURE'S FLYERS: Birds, Insects, And The Biomechanics Of Flight
by David E. Alexander

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Catalog #9954, Natures-Flyers

2002, 350 pages.  This book provides a detailed account of our scientific understanding of the primary aspects of flight in nature.

Instead of relying on elaborate mathematical equations, Alexander explains the physical basis of flight with sharp prose and clear diagrams. Drawing upon bats, birds, insects, pterosaurs, and even winged seeds, he details the basic operating principles of wings and then moves progressively through more complex modes of animal flight, including gliding, flapping, and maneuvering. In addition to summarizing flight's energy costs, Alexander presents a holistic view of flight and its ramifications as he explores the ecology and evolution of flying animals.  He addresses behaviorally important topics such as migration and navigation.  With somewhat surprising answers, he then concludes his study by examining the extent to which natural flight has been inspiring or instructive for the architects of human flight―airplane designers and engineers.

Hardcover; 6 x 9-1/2".

List price is $70.00.

9954 *Alexander, Nature's Flyers: Birds, Insects, and the Biomechanics of Flight

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