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Life in Moving Fluids


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Preface to the New EditionAcknowledgmentsCh. 1Remarks at the Start3Ch. 2What Is a Fluid and How Much So16Ch. 3Neither Hiding nor Crossing Streamlines32Ch. 4Pressure and Momentum50Ch. 5Drag, Scale, and the Reynolds Number81Ch. 6The Drag of Simple Shapes and Sessile Systems106Ch. 7Shape and Drag: Motile Animals132Ch. 8Velocity Gradients and Boundary Layers156Ch. 9Life in Velocity Gradients174Ch. 10Making and Using Vortices204Ch. 11Lift, Airfoils, Gliding, and Soaring230Ch. 12The Thrust of Flying and Swimming262Ch. 13Flows within Pipes and Other Structures290Ch. 14Internal Flows in Organisms308Ch. 15Flow at Very Low Reynolds Numbers331Ch. 16Unsteady Flows362Ch. 17Flow at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces378Ch. 18Do It Yourself398List of Symbols403Bibliography and Index of Citations407Subject Index441

About the Author

Steven Vogel is James B. Duke Professor in the Department of Zoology at Duke University. He is the author of Life's Devices: The Physical World of Animals and Plants (Princeton), for which he won the Jean and Irving Stone Science Writing Award, and Vital Circuits: A Popular Account of Circulatory Systems.


"Vogel ... has a deep knowledge of hydrodynamics and knows how to teach the subject. Many phenomena are explained more clearly in his book than in common fluid dynamic texts... Beautifully produced."--Jerry Gollub, Physics Today "This edition includes more of everything: more physical concepts, more biological examples, more sources for additional information... Vogel finds a way to make sense of even the least intuitive concepts."--Mike May, American Scientist Praise for the previous edition: "Required reading for students of biology at all levels of career development."--Paul W. Webb, Science "For biologists who want to come to the beginning of a quantitative understanding of a wide variety of adaptations, for general readers who want to see how fluid mechanics works in a varied and often surprising context ... this book, full of data, rich in up-to-date and well-appraised references, is a first-class opportunity."--Philip Morrison, Scientific American

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