Avian Flight by John  J. VidelerAvian Flight by John  J. Videler

Avian Flight

byJohn J. Videler

Hardcover | June 23, 2005

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Bird flight has always intrigued mankind. This book provides an up-to-date account of our existing knowledge on the subject, offering new insights and challenging some established views. A brief history of the science of flight introduces the basic physical principles governing aerial locomotion. This is followed by a treatment of flight-related functional morphology, concentrating on the difference in shape of the arm and hand part of the wings, on the structure and function oftails, and on the shape of the body. The anatomy and mechanical properties of feathers receive special attention. Aerodynamic principles used by birds are explained in theory by simply applying Newton's laws, and in practice by showing the direction and velocity of the attached flow around an armwing cross section and of the leading edge vortex flow above a hand wing. The Archaeopteryx fossils remain crucial in our understanding of the evolution of bird flight despite the recent discovery of a range of well-preserved ancient birds. Avian Flight offers a novel insight into the interactionsbetween wings and air which challenges established theories relating to the origin of bird flight. Take-off, flapping flight, gliding and landing are the basic ingredients of bird flight, and birds use a variety of flight styles from hovering to soaring. Flight muscles are the engines that generatethe force required to keep the wings and tail in the gliding configuration and perform work during flapping motion. The energy required to fly can be estimated or measured directly, and a comparison of the empirical results provides insights into the trend in metabolic costs of flight of birdsvarying in shape and mass from hummingbirds to albatrosses. The book will be of interest to biologists, ornithologists, and bird watchers. It will also be of relevance and use to physicists, mathematicians, and engineers involved with aerodynamics.
John J Videler holds two academic positions, Professor of Evolutionary Mechanics at Leiden University, and Professor of Marine Zoology at Groningen University, The Netherlands.
Title:Avian FlightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:June 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198566034

ISBN - 13:9780198566038


Table of Contents

Preface1. Acquisition of knowledge2. The flight apparatus3. Feathers for flight4. Aerodynamics5. Evolution of bird flight6. Bird flight modes7. The bird flight engine8. Energy required for flight9. Comparing the metabolic costs of flight

Editorial Reviews

Review rec'd L'ornithologue, May/June 2006 - not translated