Acoustic Systems in Biology

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byNeville H. Fletcher

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This book is a practical guide for researchers and advanced graduate students in biology and biophysics who need a quantitative understanding of acoustical systems such as hearing, sound production, and vibration detection in animals at the physiological level. It begins with an introductionto physical acoustics, covering the fundamental concepts and showing how they can be applied quantitatively to understand auditory and sound-producing systems in animals. Only after the relatively simple mechanical part of the system is explained does the author focus his attention on the underlyingphysiological processes. The book is written on three levels. For those wanting a brief survey of the field, each chapter begins with a nonmathematical synopsis which summarizes the content and refers to the figures, all of which are designed to be understood apart from the main text. At the nextlevel, the reader can follow the main text, but need not give close attention to anything but the general concepts and techniques involved. At the third level, the reader should follow the mathematical arguments in detail and attempt the discussion of questions at the end of each chapter. Theauthor has provided detailed solutions which serve to expand the discussions of particular cases.

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I see a need among biologists studying auditory communication in animals at the physiological level for an exposition of acoustics directed explicitly towards their needs, covering the necessary ideas from acoustics and showing how these can be applied quantitatively to understand the acoustic periphery of auditory and sound-producing ...

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This book is a practical guide for researchers and advanced graduate students in biology and biophysics who need a quantitative understanding of acoustical systems such as hearing, sound production, and vibration detection in animals at the physiological level. It begins with an introductionto physical acoustics, covering the fundament...

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I see a need among biologists studying auditory communication in animals at the physiological level for an exposition of acoustics directed explicitly towards their needs, covering the necessary ideas from acoustics and showing how these can be applied quantitatively to understand the acoustic periphery of auditory and sound-producing ...

Neville H. Fletcher is at Australian National University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195069404

ISBN - 13:9780195069402

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Simple Vibrators3. Vibrations of Strings and Bars4. Sensory Hairs and Otoliths5. Vibration of Membranes, Plates, and Shells6. Acoustic Waves7. Acoustic Sources and Radiation8. Low-Frequency Network Models9. Low-Frequency Auditory Models10. Pipes and Horns11. High-Frequency Auditory Models12. The Inner Ear13. Mechanically Excited Sound Generators14. Pneumatically Excited Sound Generators15. Signals, Noise, and Information

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I see a need among biologists studying auditory communication in animals at the physiological level for an exposition of acoustics directed explicitly towards their needs, covering the necessary ideas from acoustics and showing how these can be applied quantitatively to understand the acoustic periphery of auditory and sound-producing systems. It is only when this relatively simple mechanical part of the system is properly understood that attention can be focused on the underlying physiological processes.

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"The book...does systematically cover all aspects of sound in mechanical structures....The author sets out to cover the material at three levels, and to this reviewer, he succeeds almost totally....Will certainly be extremely valuable for biologists or others who study the physiology of motionsensing, hearing, and sound production in animals. The clarity of the explanations will also make it useful for anyone who wishes to understand the behaviour of sound in small spaces and in mechanical structures, whatever the application may be."--Australian and New Zealand Physicist