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Living at micro scale: the unexpected physics of being small

By: Dusenbery, David B.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge Harvard University Press 2009Description: xxx, 416 p.ISBN: 9780674060210.Subject(s): Microorganisms | PhysicsDDC classification: 579 Summary: Kermit the Frog famously said that it isnHt easy being green, and in Living at Micro Scale David Dusenbery shows that it isnHt easy being small existing at the size of, say, a rotifer, a tiny multicellular animal just at the boundary between the visible and the microscopic. Imagine, he writes, stepping off a curb and waiting a week for your foot to hit the ground. At that scale, we would be small enough to swim inside the letter O in the word rotifer. What are the physical consequences of life at this scale? How do such organisms move, identify prey and predators and (if they Hre so inclined) mates, signal to one another, and orient themselves? (http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?recid=31192)
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Kermit the Frog famously said that it isnHt easy being green, and in Living at Micro Scale David Dusenbery shows that it isnHt easy being small existing at the size of, say, a rotifer, a tiny multicellular animal just at the boundary between the visible and the microscopic. Imagine, he writes, stepping off a curb and waiting a week for your foot to hit the ground. At that scale, we would be small enough to swim inside the letter O in the word rotifer. What are the physical consequences of life at this scale? How do such organisms move, identify prey and predators and (if they Hre so inclined) mates, signal to one another, and orient themselves? (http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?recid=31192)

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