Mechanical Design of Structural Materials in Animals (Hardback)John M. Gosline (author)
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Mechanical Design of Structural Materials in Animals explores the principles underlying how molecules interact to produce the functional attributes of biological materials: their strength and stiffness, ability to absorb and store energy, and ability to resist the fatigue that accrues through a lifetime of physical insults. These attributes play a central role in determining the size and shape of animals, the ways in which they can move, and how they interact with their environment. By showing how structural materials have been designed by evolution, John Gosline sheds important light on how animals work.
Gosline elucidates the pertinent theories for how molecules are arranged into macromolecular structures and how those structures are then built up into whole organisms. In particular, Gosline develops the theory of discontinuous, fiber-reinforced composites, which he employs in a grand synthesis to explain the properties of everything from the body wall of sea anemones to spiders' silks and insect cuticles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Although the theories are examined in depth, Gosline's elegant discussion makes them accessible to anyone with an interest in the mechanics of life.
Focusing on the materials from which animals are constructed, this book answers fundamental questions about mechanical properties in nature.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"This excellent book is useful for teaching materials science or biomechanics to biologists, as well as for giving materials scientists and engineers a biological or bioinspirational perspective."-Peter Fratzl, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
"This book argues that adaptive design in load-bearing biological materials necessarily involves contributions at multiple length and time scales ranging from nanometers and microseconds to meters and years. Well-supported through his analysis of case studies, Gosline succeeds in reconciling and integrating contributions to function at different scales as no other writer has done to date."-J. Herbert Waite, University of California, Santa Barbara