The Fluid Physics of Animal Swimming and Flight
Understanding how animals move is very important to us as we try to comprehend the animal kingdom and be inspired by their strategies when moving about. Subject to physical laws, animal locomotion gaits may look vastly diverse across many species, but they do share many common features. In this talk, I will discuss a few simple experiments as we study how animals move in water and air. Through these studies, the familiar phenomena of animal swimming and flying may offer a few surprises.