Prime Mover by Steven Vogel
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Prime Mover
By Steven Vogel

Prime Mover

A Natural History of Muscle

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Prime Mover by Steven Vogel

Book Description

Whether we blink an eye, lift a finger, throw a spear or a ball, walk, run, or merely breathe, we are using muscle. Although muscles differ little in appearance and performance across the animal kingdom, they accomplish tasks as diverse as making flies fly, rattlesnakes rattle, and squid shoot their tentacles. Our everyday activities turn on the performance of nature's main engine: we may breathe harder going uphill, but we put more strain on our muscles walking downhill. Those of us who are right-handed can tighten screws and jar lids more forcibly than we can loosen them. Here we're treated to the story of how form and performance make these things happen-how nature does her work. Steven Vogel is a leader in the great new field of bioengineering, which is rapidly explaining the beauty and efficiency of nature. His talents as both scientist and writer shine in this masterful narrative of biological ingenuity, as he relates the story-and science-of nature's greatest engine.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393324631
ISBN-10: 039332463X
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven Vogel

Steven Vogel (1940-2015) was James B. Duke Professor of Biology at Duke University. He was a prolific author of popular works on the intersection of physics and biology such as Cats' Paws and Catapults and Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle.

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