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Nature's Flyers: Birds, Insects, and the Biomechanics of Flight Hardcover – January 31, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0801867569 ISBN-10: 0801867568

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (January 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801867568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801867569
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,285,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scientifically accurate, up-to-date, and highly accessible, Nature's Flyers will interest not only amateur and professional ornithologists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, physiologists, and engineers, but also anyone who is curious about the effects of flight on the evolution and diversity of the natural world.

(Biology Digest)

Alexander achieves the difficult feat of explaining intrinsically complex phenomena without using mathematical or entomological jargon. As a result, the book is clear, beautifully written, and suitable for people at all levels... It introduces readers to some long-standing puzzles... How do some insects manage to fly nonstop over hundreds of miles? How do migrating birds find their way?... I recommend the book to anyone who is curious about flight.

(Z. Jane Wang Physics Today)

Alexander does an excellent job of keeping the amazement and appreciation alive while clearly explaining the complexities of flight in a manner accessible to anyone... a thoroughly enjoyable and informative book.

(Choice)

This book provides a useful popular-level treatment of animal flight, covering not just biomechanical but also ecological and evolutionary aspects of aerial locomotion... No comparable treatment of flight exists in the literature.

(Robert Dudley, University of Texas at Austin)

This is a fascinating book and would make a valuable addition to the school library.

(Peter Anderson School Science Review)

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"This book provides a useful popular-level treatment of animal flight, covering not just biomechanical but also ecological and evolutionary aspects of aerial locomotion . . . No comparable treatment of flight exists in the literature."—Robert Dudley, University of Texas at Austin

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cal Nan on February 26, 2013
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Bought this for my husbandf who is fascinated by anything that flies. He is glued to this book every night I chose it for its title which says it all.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wendell Coleman on March 5, 2008
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This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in flight in all of its aspects
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