Books That Inspire 2005


 
Life in Moving Fluids: the physical biology of flow
Steven Vogel


When I first read Life in Moving Fluids I was a graduate student studying the functional architecture of movable retreats inhabited by aquatic insect larvae called caddisflies. The stream-dwelling caddisflies constructed the retreats, which from the outside looked very much like a snail shell, with silk secretions and sand particles. I was exploring several hypotheses for why the retreat was shaped like a snail shell, including explanations involving hydro-dynamics. Vogel’s book, which is basically fluid mechanics for the non-physicist, helped me wrap my mind around hydrodynamics and design experiments to test my hypothesis (and appreciate physics for the first time!).
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Caryn Vaughn
Director
Oklahoma Biological Survey and Associate Professor, Department of Zoology