Ghostly Muscles, Wrinkled Brains, Heresies And Hobbits: A Leverhulme Public Lecture Series by Charles Oxnard | 9789812797438 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Ghostly Muscles, Wrinkled Brains, Heresies And Hobbits: A Leverhulme Public Lecture Series

Ghostly Muscles, Wrinkled Brains, Heresies And Hobbits: A Leverhulme Public Lecture Series

by Charles Oxnard
     
 

ISBN-10: 9812797432

ISBN-13: 9789812797438

Pub. Date: 12/30/2008

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated

The Leverhulme Trust (UK) required Charles Oxnard to present a series of public lectures during his tenure of a Leverhulme Professorship at University College, London. The lectures had to be understandable not only to undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues, but also to the interested lay public. Furthermore, they were expected to meet and venture beyond

Overview

The Leverhulme Trust (UK) required Charles Oxnard to present a series of public lectures during his tenure of a Leverhulme Professorship at University College, London. The lectures had to be understandable not only to undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues, but also to the interested lay public. Furthermore, they were expected to meet and venture beyond present-day thought in the subject. This near-impossible task is reproduced in this unique volume.Each chapter shows what is rarely, if ever, done in scientific papers: how the problems truly arose; how the methods came about; the curious collaborators involved; the twists and turns of thought involved in the stories; the solutions that have so far appeared; and the surprising new ideas that stem from the work. In particular, the part played by serendipity becomes ever more evident. Research is very often a kind of “Alice-in-Wonderland” task, and both students and the public alike are fascinated by the inside stories of how discoveries are really made. It is precisely this excitement and complexity that is presented in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789812797438
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 The Shape of Bones: Tension and Compression 1

Chapter 2 A Fifty Year Love Affair with Spongy Bone 39

Chapter 3 Ghosts of the Past: Muscles and Bones 83

Chapter 4 Reversing Development: From Adult to Gene! 135

Chapter 5 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Hidden Aspects of Form 177

Chapter 6 The Origins of Ancient Humans: 8,004,004 BC! 217

Chapter 7 Modern Humans and Heresies 261

Chapter 8 Homo floresiensis: A Very Cold Case! 289

Chapter 9 Brains, Babies and Vitamin B12 349

Chapter 10 New Wrinkles on Old Brains 391

Chapter 11 The Wonder of Human Evolution 447

Index 457

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