Life at the Extremes
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The debut of a female Steve Jones – likeable, literate, lucid and laconic. A sprightly, lavishly illustrated book on the science of human survival.

How do people survive extremes of heat, cold, depth, speed and altitude? This book explores the limits of human survival and the physiological adaptations which enable us to exist under extreme conditions. In man’s battle for survival in the harshest of environments, the knowledge imparted by physiology, the ‘logic of life’, is crucial. What causes mountain sickness? Why is it possible to reach the top of Everest without supplementary oxygen, yet be killed if a plane depressurises suddenly at the same altitude. Why are astronauts unable to stand without fainting when they return to Earth? Why do human divers get the bends but sperm whales don’t? Will men always be able to run faster than women? Why don’t penguins get frostbite?

AuthorFrances Ashcroft
BindingPaperback
EAN9780006551256
EditionUK ed.
ISBN9780006551256
Height776 mm
Length512 mm
Width91 mm
Weight59 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages352
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2001-07-02
PublisherFlamingo
StudioFlamingo
UPC884197226647
Sales Rank347867

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