Everything is Scale-Dependent: “Something Universal is Going on…”(G. West – physics applied to biology)

''Everything around us is scale dependent... It's woven into the fabric of the universe... It is truly amazing because life is easily the most complex of complex systems,... 'But in spite of this, it has this absurdly simple scaling law. Something universal is going on ...” Johnson (1999, ‘New York Times’ 12th January, excerpts taken…

Another predictable Scaling Law?

Leading on from last week's discussion of universal scaling laws within Nature, brings us to yet another seemingly universal phenomenon; a  recurrent and predictable embedded pattern,  formulated  and traditionally associated with the experimental agriculturalist Max Kleiber. His theory relates to the apparent predictable ¾ power laws where metabolic rate and mass are plotted for a…