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Principles of Animal Locomotion

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ISBN-13: 978-0691086781
ISBN-10: 0691086788
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"A valuable reference book written by a leader in the field."--Stephen Gatesy, Nature



"A remarkable volume that simply must be read by anyone contemplating any kind of work on, or in imitation of, muscle-driven motion. This is no ordinary summing up but rather a synthesis, an explication of principles--the title needs no disclaimer. . . . [O]ne should read it in short bouts separated by intervals of contemplation."--Steven Vogel, American Scientist



"This is an important work that will be appreciated by anyone interested in animal biomechanics. . . . Alexander is gifted in his ability to choose or create models that are sufficiently simple as to be understandable and tractable, but not so simple that they stray far from biological reality."--Robert Josephson, The Quarterly Review of Biology



"The book will be a godsend for any lecturer looking for a course book about animal locomotion, and many a naturalist will find that it sheds a flood of light on the reasons behind the endlessly surprising things that animals do. . . . [A] 'must have' for anyone who thinks in terms of physics about the way animals work."--C. J. Pennycuick, Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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"The lack of a comprehensive text has been the source of substantial frustration to those who teach courses in animal locomotion. It is a great pleasure, then, to see the publication of this book. It is poised to become an instant classic and will undoubtedly serve as the central source of distilled wisdom on the subject for many years to come."--Mark Denny, Stanford University

"One of the major gaps in the literature of biomechanics is a general textbook on animal locomotion, and it is difficult to imagine anyone better suited to write one than Alexander. He is a leading researcher, and his books always convey the interest and excitement of his field to a broad audience. I look forward to using this book in my own classes."--Robert Dudley, University of California, Berkeley

"This is unique, important, and useful synthesis that brings together an analysis of locomotion on land, in water, and in the air. There is no other contemporary book on animal locomotion that is as broad in scope, and I expect that it will become a classic in the field."--Thomas J. Roberts, Oregon State University

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691086788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691086781
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,411,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is one of those niche books that gives a thorough comprehensive overview of a topic few people bother to think about. In this case, the various modes of how animals move are explained using words, pictures, and equations. There are many books about how birds fly, or how fish swim, or how felines run, but this book gives a good overview of all these modes of locomotion and more. It covers the mechanics, kinetics, and thermodynamics of the different kinds of motion. For example, one learns how the metabolism, oxygen consumption, and weight distribution changes for a horse as it accelarates from a walk to a full sprint. I recommend this book to anyone interested in biomechanics, biology, or mechanical engineering.
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The book is a good read. I picked up it up for a biomechanics discussion group. It does a good job of laying the foundation of biomechanics. Dont be afraid of the equations that pop up explaining the principals of biomech, just try and reason through them if math isnt your thing.
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Lots of great info, but this IS NOT a good book for people with ADHD (inattentive type). Alexander made a lot of headway in the field and this book is info-dense, however Alexander will speak for paragraphs prior to ever making a point...meaning he blindly leads you about. This was a required course-text so I had to read it, but I would not be able to tough it out for leisure reading. Moreover, the research lab that I'm in uses a lot of this info as a basis for understanding principles of robotic locomotion.
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I purchased this book as a textbook for a course, and it is one of the most enjoyable textbooks I have ever read. It is very readable, and there are a lot of images that help explain the concepts. It explains all the formulas thoroughly.
Aside from using it as a textbook, this book provides all kinds of interesting facts about animals throughout.
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