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Human Bones: A Scientific and Pictorial Investigation / Edition 1
     

Human Bones: A Scientific and Pictorial Investigation / Edition 1

by R. McNeill Alexander, Aaron Diskin
 

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ISBN-10: 0131479407

ISBN-13: 9780131479401

Pub. Date: 11/11/2004

Publisher: Pearson

A beautiful book combining knowledge of biomechanics and evolution with a discussion of aesthetics and philosophy of our bones.

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A beautiful book combining knowledge of biomechanics and evolution with a discussion of aesthetics and philosophy of our bones.

·         Includes 115 color photographs taken over weeks of shooting in the archives of museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian.

·         Author is the world’s foremost authority on biomechanics.

·         Includes interactive, “do-it-yourself” experiments, such as investigating the lubrication of joints in the hand

 

The world’s foremost authority on biomechanics now focuses on our bones in a beautifully illustrated book of color photography combining expert knowledge of biomechanics and evolution with engaging discussion of aesthetics and philosophy concerning our most surprisingly important organ. Nothing seems as lifeless as a bone in a museum case, but the bones in our bodies are as truly alive as our muscles and guts. Alexander visits moments in every age of our lives, showing how bones grow, how they get damaged, and how they vary, as well as revealing how to read the story they tell of where we came from and what we did. Interactive, “do-it-yourself” experiments, such as investigating the lubrication of joints in the hand, are presented so readers can investigate their own skeleton. Aaron Diskin’s 115 color photographs are informative works of art taken over weeks of shooting in the archives of museums including the American Museum of Natural History, as well as private collections including Maxilla and Mandible in New York City.  Their elegance is revealed, never before as colorfully and dramatically as in the photographs of Aaron Diskin’s showcased here. R. MCNEILL ALEXANDER CBE FRS, is Emeritus Professor of Zoology in the University of Leeds and Editor of Proceedings of the Royal Society (Biological Sciences). He has been President of the Society for Experimental Biology and of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists, and Secretary of the Zoological Society of London. His many books include Dynamics of Dinosaurs, Bones: The Unity Of Form And Function, Exploring Biomechanics and Optima For Animals. He has received medals from the Zoological Society, the Linnean Society and the International Society for Biomechanics, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Aberdeen and Wageningen.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131479401
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
11/11/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


1. LIVING, GROWING.
2. THE SKULL.
3. ARMS AND LEGS.
4. THE TORSO.
5. DISEASED AND DAMAGED BONES.
6. DIFFERENT PEOPLE'S BONES.
7. THE EVOLUTION OF BONES.
APPENDIX: LIST OF HUMAN BONES .
PHOTOGRAPHER'S STATEMENT.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.
FURTHER READING.
INDEX.

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