Prime Mover by Steven Vogel
A Natural History of Muscle

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Whether we blink an eye, lift a finger, throw a spear or a ball, walk, run or merely breathe, we are using muscle. Although muscles differ little in appearance and performance across the animal kingdom, they accomplish tasks as diverse as making flies fly, rattlesnakes rattle and squid shoot their tenticles. Our everyday activities turn on the performance of nature's main engine: we may breathe harder going uphill but we put more strain on our muscles walking downhill. Those of us who are right-handed can tighten screws and lids more forcibly than we can loosen them. This text discusses how form and performance make these things happen - illustrating nature at work.
 

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Steven Vogel is James B. Duke Professor of Biology at Duke University. He is the author of Cats' Paws and Catapults.
 
Published December 30, 2001 by Diane Pub Co. 370 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Beginning with a resume of what is known about muscle and how it works, Vogel (Biology/Duke Univ.) traces the evolution of this knowledge from Aristotle through Andreas Vesalius, Giovanni Borelli, and two Huxleys (Hugh E.

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Muscles are intricately involved in almost every aspect of an animal's life. As Vogel (Cats' Paws and Catapults), professor of biology at Duke University,

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Vogel's unique, interdisciplinary approach includes a look at how muscle physiology has influenced the development of human culture by leading us to develop tools and weapons and exploit beasts of burden, all in an effort to better harness the power of our own muscles.

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