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Vogel, Steven 1940-2015

Overview
Works: 16 works in 186 publications in 3 languages and 9,853 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Laboratory manuals 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: QH505, 571.43
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Most widely held works about Steven Vogel
 
Most widely held works by Steven Vogel
Life in moving fluids : the physical biology of flow by Steven Vogel( Book )

48 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 1,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both a landmark text and reference book, Steven Vogel's Life in Moving Fluids has also played a catalytic role in research involving the applications of fluid mechanics to biology. In this revised edition, Vogel continues to combine humor and clear explanations as he addresses biologists and general readers interested in biological fluid mechanics, offering updates on the field over the last dozen years and expanding the coverage of the biological literature. His discussion of the relationship between fluid flow and biological design now includes sections on jet propulsion, biological pumps, swimming, blood flow, and surface waves, and on acceleration reaction and Murray's law. This edition contains an extensive bibliography for readers interested in designing their own experiments
Cats' paws and catapults : mechanical worlds of nature and people by Steven Vogel( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the differences in the mechanical workings of nature and technology and attempts to determine whether the designs of nature, such as the functions of animals; or the designs of man, such as the functions of cars; should be viewed as superior
Prime mover : a natural history of muscle by Steven Vogel( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In today's world, machines whirl and pound and purr away, doing our bidding in return for a little petroleum, a hefty wind, or falling water. But for most of our time on earth our own muscles had to get us where we went, lift our loads, plow our fields, and reap our harvests. We were limited to muscle power - ours and that of oxen, horses, and a few other animal accomplices." "And we were limited by muscle's peculiarities. As an engine, muscle hardly varies - whether in flea or elephant or Olympic sprinter - and its limitations do not resemble anything else in the physical world. Imagine a car engine that will move you with breath-taking speed for a few seconds but that slows dramatically if asked to work for minutes and that can merely crawl along if required to work for hours. We'd think it a poor means of locomotion by modern standards. Still, that was all we had and, in many respects, most of what we have now." "In recent years, we've come to understand both the way muscle works and how hard it can work, in part by exploring how different animals use it - how flies fly and rattlesnakes rattle, how squid shoot out their tentacles and how much a hiker can carry up a mountain trail. We can see how muscle's performance rules how we do our tasks and how we design our tools - from the short handles of stone axes to the right-hand threads on most of our screws. Muscle's force and power limited, in ways we can now calculate, what we could get out of small bows and blowguns as well as slingshots and catapults. A useful thing, then, is muscle, and more, for at the end of the day it makes up most of the animal protein we eat, thereby replacing itself." "In short, the story of muscle is largely the story of humankind, and Steven Vogel, internationally hailed as a leader in the fascinating and burgeoning field of biomechanics, is its storyteller."--Jacket
Vital circuits : on pumps, pipes, and the workings of circulatory systems by Steven Vogel( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A broad view of the workings and science of the circulatory system written in conversational style for the non-scientist and student of science. Uses everyday mechanisms and other animals as analogies to explore these workings in a clear and informative manner
Comparative biomechanics : life's physical world by Steven Vogel( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While written primarily for biology majors and graduate students in biology, this text will be useful for physical scientists and engineers seeking a sense of the state of the art of biomechanics and a guide to its rather scattered literature. For a still wider audience, it establishes the basic biological context for such applied areas as ergonomics, orthopedics, mechanical prosthetics, kinesiology, sports medicine, and biomimetics."--Jacket
Life's devices : the physical world of animals and plants by Steven Vogel( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how living things bump up against nonbiological reality
The life of a leaf by Steven Vogel( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In its essence, science is a way of looking at and thinking about the world. In The Life of a Leaf, Steven Vogel illuminates this approach, using the humble leaf as a model. Whether plant or person, every organism must contend with its immediate physical environment, a world that both limits what organisms can do and offers innumerable opportunities for evolving fascinating ways of challenging those limits. Here, Vogel explains these interactions, examining through the example of the leaf the extraordinary designs that enable life to adapt to its physical world. In Vogel's account, the leaf serves as a biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that nonetheless speaks volumes about our environment as well as its own. Thus in exploring the leaf's world, Vogel simultaneously explores our own. A companion website with demonstrations and teaching tools can be found here: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/sites/vogel/index.html
Glimpses of creatures in their physical worlds by Steven Vogel( Book )

14 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glimpses of Creatures in Their Physical Worlds offers an eye-opening look into how the characteristics of the physical world drive the designs of animals and plants. These characteristics impose limits but also create remarkable and subtle opportunities for the functional biology of organisms. In particular, Steven Vogel examines the size and scale, and trade-offs among different physical processes. He pays attention to how the forms and activities of animals and plants reflect the materials available to nature, and he explores the unique constraints and possibilities provided by fluid flow, s
Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move by Steven Vogel( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is no part of our bodies that fully rotates--be it a wrist or ankle or arm in a shoulder socket, we are made to twist only so far. And yet there is no more fundamental human invention than the wheel--a rotational mechanism that accomplishes what our physical form cannot. Throughout history, humans have developed technologies powered by human strength, complementing the physical abilities we have while overcoming our weaknesses. Providing a unique history of the wheel and other rotational devices--like cranks, cranes, carts, and capstans--Why the Wheel Is Round examines the contraptions and tricks we have devised in order to more efficiently move--and move through--the physical world. Steven Vogel combines his engineering expertise with his remarkable curiosity about how things work to explore how wheels and other mechanisms were, until very recently, powered by the push and pull of the muscles and skeletal systems of humans and other animals. Why the Wheel Is Round explores all manner of treadwheels, hand-spikes, gears, and more, as well as how these technologies diversified into such things as hand-held drills and hurdy-gurdies. Surprisingly, a number of these devices can be built out of everyday components and materials, and Vogel's accessible and expansive book includes instructions and models so that inspired readers can even attempt to make their own muscle-powered technologies, like trebuchets and ballista. Appealing to anyone fascinated by the history of mechanics and technology as well as to hobbyists with home workshops, Why the Wheel Is Round offers a captivating exploration of our common technological heritage based on the simple concept of rotation. From our leg muscles powering the gears of a bicycle to our hands manipulating a mouse on a roller ball, it will be impossible to overlook the amazing feats of innovation behind our daily devices. -- Amazon.com
A functional bestiary; laboratory studies about living systems by Steven Vogel( Book )

7 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A model menagerie; laboratory studies about living systems by Steven Vogel( Book )

3 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature's flyers : birds, insects, and the biomechanics of flight by David E Alexander( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David E. Alexander's fascination with the many animals and plants that have harnessed the air is evident in this detailed account of our current scientific understanding of the primary aspects of flight in nature. Instead of relying on elaborate mathematical equations, Alexander explains the physical basis of flight with sharp prose and clear diagrams. Drawing upon bats, birds, insects, pterosaurs, and even winged seeds, he details the basic operating principles of winds and then moves through more complex modes of animal flight, including gliding, flapping, and maneuvering. In addition to summarizing the latest thinking about flight's energy costs, Alexander presents a holistic view of flight and its ramifications as he explores the ecology and evolution of flying animals, addressing behaviorally important topics such as migration and navigation. The author concludes his study by examining the extent to which natural flight has been inspiring or instructive for the architects of human flight - airplane designers and engineers"--Jacket
Studies on the flight performance and aerodynamics of drosophila by Steven Vogel( )

2 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecological interactions in an Early Cambrian Archaeocyathid reef community by William Lando Balsam( )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contrasts : the mechanical technologies of nature and people by Steven Vogel( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Cats' paws and catapults : mechanical worlds of nature and people
Alternative Names
Steven Vogel American biologist

Steven Vogel Amerikaans bioloog (-2015)

Vogel, Steven, 1940-

보걸, 스티븐 1940-

보겔, 스티븐 1940

Languages
English (177)

Spanish (5)

Chinese (1)

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Cats' paws and catapults : mechanical worlds of nature and peoplePrime mover : a natural history of muscleVital circuits : on pumps, pipes, and the workings of circulatory systemsComparative biomechanics : life's physical worldLife's devices : the physical world of animals and plantsGlimpses of creatures in their physical worldsNature's flyers : birds, insects, and the biomechanics of flight