240 pages, no illustrations
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"
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