Diatoms to Dinosaurs: The Size and Scale of Living Things McGowan, Chris; Mulock, Julian (illustrator)
1559633042 / 9781559633048 Very Good.
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1994 Island Press / Shearwater Books. Light wear to jacket; scratches on back. Very clean; no marks to text; pages bright; binding tight. 288 pages; Index; Further Reading; Glossary; black-and-white illustrations. Language: English. Review copy with publisher's press release laid in. 'We humans, in our medium-sized world, seldom think about how the forces that affect us act on organisms either much smaller or much larger than ourselves. This new book looks at the sometimes surprising ways these forces work on different scales. McGowan examines the effects of scale on life span, metabolism, structural support, and brain size. Five of the 11 chapters deal with movement through fluids--flying and swimming. Most of the examples in the books are drawn from animals, primarily vertebrates, with a few examples of protists on the lower end of the spectrum. The subject is inherently mathematical, but McGowan makes the math reasonably approachable. Recommended for general and undergraduate science collections.'--Bruce Neville, Library Journal, 1994. Keywords: natural history, paleobiology, paleontology, zoology, biology, organisms, layman, popular science.