- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 44928 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1559633042
- Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (19 Mar. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C6F9DE6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,659,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Diatoms to Dinosaurs: The Size And Scale Of Living Things Kindle Edition
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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.
We are surrounded by wonders. From the tiny phytoplankton with 7.5 micrometers in size, to the giant brachiosaurus weighing 78 tons, life manages to find its way, showing us facts that are just almost impossible to believe.
This is one of those books you can trust because is written for somebody who knows what he is writing about. Explores quite interesting subjects ranging from the movement of the wings doves and bats, to the heart rate of mice, and the naps of elephants. There are also very good illustrations in it.
Definitely, a very nice and productive reading for everybody, especially for those Lovers of Nature.
We need a wide mind to understand the wide wonders of Life.
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.
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.
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