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Burt Staniar - Associate Professor, Penn State University Park

Book Title: The Fire of Life - An Introduction to Animal Energetics

Author: Max Kleiber

Book Description:

“She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star: she cannot be heaven, if she stoops to such a one as he.” Ralph Waldo Emerson – from his essay Nature - 1844



This is a book written by my academic grandfather. My Ph.D. adviser, Dr. David Kronfeld, received his Ph.D. working with Dr. Max Kleiber at the University of California, Davis. Over my years of studying I've found few if any books that captured the emotion, passion and history that are a part of all scientific endeavors. While this book is one of my favorite on the topic of animal energetics, Emerson’s quote above is why I love science and the pursuit of knowledge.

The topic of animal energetics is also an important part of the history of the study of animal nutrition here at Penn State. If you’ve picked up this book, you should also visit the Armsby Calorimeter Museum here on campus, a facility that was designed solely for the purpose of studying aspects of animal nutrition and energetics for over 60 years, and serves as a monument to that work today.





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