Acoustic Systems in Biology: From Insects to Elephants
Nearly all animals use sound for communication, for seeking prey, and for avoiding predators. What physical principles govern their choice of frequency? What are their mechanisms of sound production and directional hearing? Why are cicadas so loud? How do birds produce those beautiful, or sometimes not-so-beautiful, sounds? Quantitative analysis of the acoustic mechanisms involved reveals (nearly) all: the action of the sensory hairs on caterpillars, the hollow bodies of cicadas that act as...[Show more]
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