Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures

Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures

by Chris McManus
     
 

This book takes the reader on a trip through history, around the world, and into the cosmos, to explore the place of handedness in nature and culture. McManus considers evidence from anthropology, particle physics, the history of medicine, and the notebooks of Leonardo to answer questions like: Why are most people right-handed? Why does European writing go from… See more details below

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This book takes the reader on a trip through history, around the world, and into the cosmos, to explore the place of handedness in nature and culture. McManus considers evidence from anthropology, particle physics, the history of medicine, and the notebooks of Leonardo to answer questions like: Why are most people right-handed? Why does European writing go from left to right, while Arabic and Hebrew go from right to left? And how do we know that Jack the Ripper was left-handed?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016132
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,382,601
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1Dr Watson's problem1
2Death and the right hand16
3On the left bank41
4Kleiz, drept, luft, zeso, lijevi, prawy60
5The heart of the dragon82
6The toad, ugly and venomous121
7The dextrous and the gauche146
8The left brain, the right brain and the whole brain168
9Ehud, son of Gera202
10Three men went to mow231
11Keggie-hander265
12Vulgar errors285
13The handedness of Muppets313
14Man is all symmetrie336
15The world, the small, the great354
Notes363
Picture and Text Credits394
Index399

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