Researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and Pennsylvania
State University are explaining how “all animals bear the same stamp of physics
in their design.” (http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2005/12/locomotiontheory.html)
The researchers show that “constructal theory” is a powerful analytical approach
to describing movement, or flows, in nature.
Adrian Bejan, J. A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke’s Pratt
School reports that in the case of animal locomotion, “animals move such that
they travel the greatest distance while expending the least amount of energy.” Read the rest of this entry »