Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People
Nature and humans build their devices with the same earthly materials. Why do their designs diverge so sharply? Vogel compares these two worlds and introduces the reader to his field of biomechanics, explaining how the nexus of physical law, size, and convenience of construction determines the designs of both people and nature. Illustrations.
Steven Vogel is James B. Duke Professor of Biology at Duke University. He is the author of Cats' Paws and Catapults.