Nature's flyers: birds, insects and the biomechanics of flight.

Nature's flyers: birds, insects and the biomechanics of flight. David E. Alexander.

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Octavo, black and white photographs, text illustrations, fine copy in dustwrapper.

The author 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 wings and then moves progressively through more complex modes of animal flight, including gliding, flapping, and manouvering. Also available in paperback [stock id 32768].

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