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by Chris McGowan,Julian Mulock

  • ISBN: 1559633042
  • Author: Chris McGowan,Julian Mulock
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  • Rating: 4.2 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Island Press / Shearwater Books; 1 edition (August 1, 1994)
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  • Category: Other
  • Subcategory: Science & Mathematics
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While Diatoms to Dinosaurs is marketed very much at adults, there is an infectious enthusiasm about McGowan's writing that .

From Library Journal. 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.

Diatoms to Dinosaurs book. In Diatoms to Dinosaurs, Chris McGowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the natural world, and examines life in all its various forms

Diatoms to Dinosaurs book. In Diatoms to Dinosaurs, Chris McGowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the natural world, and examines life in all its various forms.

Diatoms to Dinosaurs - Christopher McGowan.

by Christopher McGowan and Julian Mulock. Diatoms to Dinosaurs - Christopher McGowan. Christopher McGowan, Julian Mulock (Illustrations).

In so doing, he utilizes numerous animal ecology models, literally from diatoms to dinosaurs and on to vertebrates. The numerous illustrations and drawings superbly complement the riveting text.

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Chris McGowan is curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, and professor of zoology at the University of Toronto

Chris McGowan is curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, and professor of zoology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Dinosaurs, Spitfires, and Sea Dragons.

Author: McGowan, Christopher. Published: Washington, . Island Press/Shearwater Books, c1994. Description: xiii, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Author: McGowan, Christopher. Title: Dinosaurs, spitfires, and sea dragons, Christopher McGowan. Published: Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 1991.

InDiatoms to Dinosaurs, Chris McGowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the natural world, and examines life in all its various forms

InDiatoms to Dinosaurs, Chris McGowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the natural world, and examines life in all its various forms.

An exploration of size and scale in terms of the survival of living organisms analyzes a wide range of life forms, answering questions about metabolism, physiology, life expectancy, the biology of senescence, and other natural history questions. IP.
Comments (6)

Efmprof
This book almost repays the drudgery of reading it. It should be a case-study in poor editing. Apparently, no one ever quite decided who the audience was, and so it falls between any: though aimed at the general reader it is in essence a summary of technical literature - complete with maths, graphs, equations (more than a couple), and citations of authority in quasi-academic style. The text is at least one or two drafts from being finished; there are inadvertent repetitions, important points blurred or glossed over, paragraphs broken badly, and several discussions (including an entire chapter) that are off-topic and mostly pointless. McGowan's personal stories and asides are not well-integrated, as if an afterthought tacked on simply to soften his rather dry style. The illustrations are small, the photographs few and not directly relevant to the text.
McGowan seems to know what he is writing about; he needs an editor firmer and more adept and a publisher willing to put more money into the production.
Gaiauaco
Diatoms to Dinosaurs is a delightful book about the adaption of animals (mostly) of widely varying size, from diatoms to dinosaurs, to the laws of physics that they must contend with. Chapters focus on the absolute and relative strength of large and small animals, how lifespan may be related to size and other features, the relationship between animal size and brain size, between the total body size and the size of a body part, and between metabolism and size. McGowan relates mechanisms of locomotion to the relative magnitude of the viscous and inertial forces that the animal must contend with, as quantified by the Reynolds number. Five out of eleven chapters, a large portion of the book, discuss locomotion in water and through air for animals operating at very high and very low Reynolds numbers, and everything in between.

Aerospace, chemical, and mechanical engineers would likely find this book delightful, as it makes many analogies between material within these fields and animal adaptations. The general reader would find much to gain in terms of understanding adaptive mechanisms within biology, animal locomotion, and the physics of locomotion. As a bonus, McGowan imparts many excellent stories about animals with strange behaviours.

There were no major flaws in this book. My biggest disappointment was discovering that diatoms were plants, not animals. However, pennate diatoms are mobile, so they count as a moving living thing. The style of the book is conversational, but it is conversational with an intelligent and precise professional in biology. Anecdotes are peppered throughout the book. The author gives his informed opinion on some items that are not yet completely settled within the field, and he does an excellent job of presenting counter views. Many illustrations embellish and clarify ideas within the book. The breadth and depth of the discussion make for an invigorating read.

Perhaps most importantly, it is clear from the writing that McGowan loves his field. If you listen to him, you'll get to find out why.
Naril
The book is about muscles and skeletons, hearts, fluids and brains. Quite a large chunk of the book is about flight. I found the most captivating chapter was "Tiffany wings and kite strings". It is all about tiny fliers: microfilm model airplanes and microscopic flying insects. It reveals that the mechanism that insects use to fly is different to birds. After reading this, you may think twice about squishing the next harmless little insect that flies right by you. The section on drag was surprisingly very interesting.
Although it introduces familiar animals, it goes into enough detail to provide substantially new and rewarding information about these creatures, which you almost certainly won't be aware of. There are loads of great diagrams, which really make this book very enjoyable to read. The book is straightforward and I relished reading it.
A very very similar book is called "Cats' Paws and Catapults". It also contains many examples of design, although it is from an engineering perspective, and the focus is on comparing the design of evolution with that of technological invention. I think Diatoms to Dinosaurs is a much more interesting read - it is predominantly concerned with nature, not with technology. This book is simply more profound, but both books are very good.
Fearlesssinger
McGowan has put together a nice book about basic limitations that physics sets on animal size, e.g. how insect respiratory system limits insect size, or how big a bird can fly, or how body shape, swimming speed and Reynolds numbers compare with plankton and whales. Even though the subtitle claims that the book is about "living things", there is nothing about plants, which is a pity because e.g. trees are extreme in size. McGowan's writing is lucid and the level is good for reading: there are a couple of equations and about hundred simple charts and figures (B&W, nothing fancy) which give good extra information to the text. You might also want to check Knut Schmidt-Nielsen's book "Scaling: Why Is Anaimal Size So Important".
Vudojar
This book covers a great many zoological issues connected with scale as succinctly as possible offering a fairly comprehensive treatment. It includes scalar descriptions in terms of physiology, intelligence, lifespan, flight and swimming (among others) and whearas the style may be staid, palaeontologists will find much to refer to in this book which is based on solid foundations rather than guesswork and opinions. A must for students, researchers and communicators on the subject.

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