Introducing Biological Rhythms

Willard L Koukkari and Robert B.Sothern 
Springer  2006  

Softcover  658 p., 225 illus  ISBN 9781402036910      £72.00
Subtitled A Primer on the Temporal Organization of Life, with Implications for Health, Society, Reproduction, and the Natural Environment this book serves to introduce individuals to the area of biological rhythms. It describes the major characteristics and discusses the implications and applications of these rhythms, while citing scientific results and references. Also, the primer includes essays that provide in-depth historic and other background information for those interested in more specific topics or concepts.

It covers a basic cross-section of the field of chronobiology clearly enough so that it can be understood by a novice, or an undergraduate student, but that it would also be sufficiently technical and detailed for the scientist.

Written for students, professionals, and the general public who want to learn more about biological rhythms and the science of chronobiology



  • 1 The Study of Biological Rhythms
  • 2 General Features of Rhythms: Terminology and Characteristics
  • 3 Physical and Biological Time
  • 4 Photoperiodism
  • 5 Biological Oscillators and Timers: Models and Mechanisms
  • 6 Tidal and Lunar Rhythms
  • 7 Sexuality and Reproduction
  • 8 Natural Resources and Agriculture
  • 9 Veterinary Medicine
  • 10 Society
  • 11 Clinical Medicine
  • 12 Autorhythmometry
  • 13 Chronobiometry: Analyzing for Rhythms

Author Index
Subject Index

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