Acoustic Systems in Biology

Acoustic Systems in Biology

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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 introduction to physical acoustics directed explicitly at their needs, covering the fundamental concepts and showing how they can be applied quantitatively to understand animals' auditory and sound-producing systems. Only after the relatively simple mechanical part of the system is explained does the author focus his attention on the underlying physiological processes.show more

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  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 162.1 x 242.6 x 29.5mm | 736.52g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous line illustrations
  • 0195069404
  • 9780195069402

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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.show more

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The author sets out to cover the material at three levels, and to this reviewer he succeeds almost totally. The book will certainly be extremely valuable for biologists or others who study the physiology of motion sensing, 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.' * H.A. Dillon, Australian & New Zealand Physicist, Volume 31, Number 4, April 1994 * The book's strength lies as a sourcebook of essential formulae and thumbnail physical descriptions ... this is a book to which all committed auditory researchers should at least have access. It is a serious attempt to educate students and researchers to the idea that some areas of physiology may be better described with the help of a little, but quite approachable, mathematics.' * Jonathan Ashmore, Experimental Physiology - Volume 78, 1993 *show more

Table of contents

Introduction; Simple vibrators; Vibrations of strings and bars; Sensory hairs and otoliths; Vibration of membranes, plates, and shells; Acoustic waves; Acoustic sources and radiation; Low-frequency network models; Low-frequency auditory models; Pipes and horns; High-frequency auditory models; The inner ear; Mechanically excited sound generators; Pneumatically excited sound generators; Signals, noise, and information; Appendices; Index.show more

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