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Body Heat: Temperature and Life on Earth

By: Mark S Blumberg

240 pages, no illustrations

Harvard University Press

Paperback | May 2004 | #144832 | ISBN: 0674013697
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #127942 | ISBN: 067400762X
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Blumberg explores the many ways that temperature rules the lives of all animals and moves from the physical principles that govern the flow of heat in and out of our bodies to the many complex evolutionary devices animals use to exploit those principles for their own benefit. Many examples are covered and amongst those discussed are how penguins withstand Antarctic winters by huddling together by the thousands, how vulnerable embryos of many species are exposed to extremes of temperature during their development, why people survive hour-long drowning accidents in winter but not in summer, and how certain plants generate heat.

There's a little twinkle in Mark Blumberg's eye as he explains the role of temperature in life on Earth, that essential gleam that makes books about science successful and appealing. - Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review; "The need to maintain body temperature within a narrow range is the biggest single influence on physiology and behavior, as Mark Blumberg explains in this little gem of a book... Blumberg describes the exquisite mechanisms developed by different species to generate, conserve or lose body heat." - John Bonner, New Scientist"


Introduction 1. Temperature: A User's Guide 2. Behave Yourself 3. Then Bake at 98.6degreeF for 400,000 Minutes 4. Everything in Its Place 5. Cold New World 6. Fever All through the Night 7. The Heat of Passion 8. Livin' off the Fat 9. The Light Goes Out Epilogue Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

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Mark S. Blumberg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa.

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