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A clever and enlightening look into the mechanical workings of nature--as opposed to those of human-made machines and materials--introduces readers to the field of biomechanics and explains how physical law and historical accident became our world's supreme architects.
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"Life is what biology's all about. Technology is something else altogether. Or so I believed before I got into a kind of biology that's about technology as well as life," begins biomechanics expert Steven Vogel in the preface to Cats' Paws and Catapults. Vogel examines the "mechanical worlds of nature and people" in such chapters as "The Stiff and the Soft" and "The Matter of Magnitude." Lots of line-drawing illustrations help readers understand the examples used to answer questions of animal and machine efficiency, design and repair. Vogel clearly loves the puzzles of biology--why, for instance, do daffodil stems bend at only one precise spot? This book is filled with intriguing answers to such hidden questions, and curious readers will eagerly dive into Vogel's investigations of whether nature or human design is superior and why the two technologies have diverged so much. --Therese LittletonAbout the Author:
Steven Vogel, James B. Duke Professor of Biology at Duke University, lives in Durham, North Carolina, and is the author of Life's Devices.
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