Al-Kindi's Metaphysics: A Translation of YA'Qub Ibn Ishaq by Al-Kind-I, Alfred L. Ivry

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Two-thirds of the particles never arrive. In three dimensions unless a particle leaves a place and arrives at its destination in just a few steps, it never arrives. However, pumping of the dorsal vessel and jiggling from walking and flying may add convection to diffusion, so having a heart makes all our chances better. Now You Have It So now you know what The Incredible Shrinking Bee is about. Chapter 1 is the shortest, simplest statement of it. In Chapter 2, we compare bees with our micro-mechanical devices such as they are.

Each of the many transistors on a chip maps directly, one to one, from function to topology, and each transistor obeys simple rules for interconnections. An example of such a ‘rule’ is Kirkoff’s current law that states that the current entering a node equals the current leaving it. There is an analogous law for voltage. Such simple laws used to model circuits have far reaching consequences, as these rules are the starting points for analyzing any circuit. Unfortunately, we still must find similar basic current rules for flows of energy and information for both MEMS and biological systems.

All parts of a bee share common interwoven properties. These communicate with and between all subsystems of the bee while she performs a division of labor for many other emergent functions, such as mechanical support, muscular work, circulating fluids, reacting to sensory information with coordinated motor responses, and defending her entire systemic self against predation and disease as well as responding to any injury and her needs for growth. Microfluidic Chip A device less integrated than a bee by far but suggestive of what bees do is a microfluidic chip.

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