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Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle
Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle
Our Price: $26.00
Year: 2001
Pages: 370
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 393021262

Product Code: 756786193

Steven Vogel. Before machines, we humans were limited to muscle power -- ours & that of oxen, horses, & a few other animals. Recently, we’ve come to understand both the way muscle works & how hard it can work, in part by exploring how different animals use it -- how flies fly & rattlesnakes rattle, how squid shoot out their tentacles & how much a hiker can carry up a mountain trail. We can see how muscle’s performance rules how we do our tasks & how we design our tools -- from the short handles of stone axes to the right-hand threads on our screws. Muscle’s force & power limited what we could get out of small bows & blowguns as well as slingshots & catapults. Vogel, a leader in the field of biomech., tells the story of muscle as the story of mankind. Illustrated.

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