Amazing Numbers in Biology

Authors: Flindt, Rainer

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With hundreds of tables and over 10,000 entries anyone who works or studies in the life sciences or those with a curious mind will find exact answers to many questions requiring comparative data. This book is a clearly laid out presentation of the plain facts of life from all areas of biology. None of those figures or superlatives that might seem exotic to the layman is left out. Biology comes alive by this comprehensive references work.

 From the reviews of the previous versions:

"A must, not only for everyone interested in biology but also for all parents `Hey Mom, how long does an XX live?´, or as supplementary material for general education ..", Biotec

" For many years the book ... belongs to the indispensable tools of university teachers and lecturers in the biosciences. But also biology teachers will find stimulating ideas for their lessons; the book also makes it easy for scientists to categorize their own research results fast and correctly…", Annals of Anatomy

"Facts and figures that not only inform but also entertain ..", Focus

"Do you know …

  • that the fastest animal is the ...
  • that your hair grows ... millimeter per day
  • that a flea can jump ... meter
  • the number of wingbeats per second of a hummingbird
  • the largest and heaviest animal
  • the root depth of desert grape vine
  • the lifespan of a spruce needle
  • the threshold in humans for smelling Vanilla
  • the daily oxygen intake of the human lung
  • the daily loss of neurons in the human nervous system ... ?"

A Table is worth a thousand words

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This quirky reference book is full of fascinating and obscure lists and facts from the natural world. ... This book will become ragged with use. ... A labour of love and listing, Amazing Numbers is better than googling, because it has a sensible index and you don´t have to wade through a whole load of irrelevance to get to what you want. It´s also logically divided ..., and, just in case you ever want to check, all the facts are referenced. A warning though – this addictive book will keep you absorbing odd little facts: dimensions of a bread mould´s mitochondria anyone?"

(BBC Wildlife)

"... a giant squid's eyeball is nearly half a metre in diameter. You may also be unaware that the oldest crow reportedly lived to 118; ... that midges beat their wings more than 1000 times a second; ... and that the fruit of the tropical liana catapults its seeds 15 metres. We don't often recommend books consisting entirely of statistics, but this one has a treat on every page."

(New Scientist)

"Almost 300 pages of nothing than tables of biological data might not sound like an ideal bedtime read, and every person I have shown it to has initially exclaimed "What an incredibly boring book!" But 30 minutes later, every single one of them was still standing rooted to the spot, flicking the pages while I tried to prise it back off them.

Want to know the inactivation temperature of Avian Flu virus? ... It´s all here. There are no frills at all – no pictures, ... , no jokes, no clever anecdotes. It´s just table after table. This is obviously like crack cocaine to the trivia-minded, but it´s a genuinely useful reference tool as well. ... nicely backed up with two indices ..."

(Luis Villazon, BBC Focus Magazin)

"The book’s first four parts are specifically dedicated to facts in zoology, botany, microbiology, and human biology, and its final part contains a wide range of comparative data across different kingdoms and species. … there will be a large group of people who find the volume interesting and useful. This will include not only teachers … but also scientists who can use it as a reference. Even children and their parents will find that facts interesting and entertaining." (Tzvi Tzfira, Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 82, March, 2007)


Table of contents (3 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Amazing Numbers in Biology
Authors
Translated by
Solomon, N.
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-30147-9
DOI
10.1007/3-540-30147-X
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-30146-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 295
Additional Information
Original German edition published by Elsevier GmbH, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2003
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