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The Resource Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move, Steven Vogel

Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move, Steven Vogel

Label
Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move
Title
Why the wheel is round
Title remainder
muscles, technology, and how we make things move
Statement of responsibility
Steven Vogel
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
There is no part of our bodies that fully rotates--be it a wrist or ankle or arm in a shoulder socket, we are made to twist only so far. And yet there is no more fundamental human invention than the wheel--a rotational mechanism that accomplishes what our physical form cannot. Throughout history, humans have developed technologies powered by human strength, complementing the physical abilities we have while overcoming our weaknesses. Providing a unique history of the wheel and other rotational devices--like cranks, cranes, carts, and capstans--Why the Wheel Is Round examines the contraptions and tricks we have devised in order to more efficiently move--and move through--the physical world. Steven Vogel combines his engineering expertise with his remarkable curiosity about how things work to explore how wheels and other mechanisms were, until very recently, powered by the push and pull of the muscles and skeletal systems of humans and other animals. Why the Wheel Is Round explores all manner of treadwheels, hand-spikes, gears, and more, as well as how these technologies diversified into such things as hand-held drills and hurdy-gurdies. Surprisingly, a number of these devices can be built out of everyday components and materials, and Vogel's accessible and expansive book includes instructions and models so that inspired readers can even attempt to make their own muscle-powered technologies, like trebuchets and ballista. Appealing to anyone fascinated by the history of mechanics and technology as well as to hobbyists with home workshops, Why the Wheel Is Round offers a captivating exploration of our common technological heritage based on the simple concept of rotation. From our leg muscles powering the gears of a bicycle to our hands manipulating a mouse on a roller ball, it will be impossible to overlook the amazing feats of innovation behind our daily devices. -- Amazon.com
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-2015,
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vogel, Steven
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Biomechanics
  • Rotational motion
  • Biomechanics
  • Rotational motion
  • Biomechanik
  • Drehung
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / General
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Rotation
Label
Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move, Steven Vogel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-327)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Circling bodies -- Wheels and wagons -- Turning points-and pots -- Going in circles -- Or being encircled -- Grabbing again and again -- Turning and unturning -- The true crank -- Spinning fibers -- A few more turns -- Rolling back rotation
Control code
937368232
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 327 pages
Isbn
9780226381039
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016005058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
  • 40026503689
  • 40026664500
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)937368232
Label
Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move, Steven Vogel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-327)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Circling bodies -- Wheels and wagons -- Turning points-and pots -- Going in circles -- Or being encircled -- Grabbing again and again -- Turning and unturning -- The true crank -- Spinning fibers -- A few more turns -- Rolling back rotation
Control code
937368232
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 327 pages
Isbn
9780226381039
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016005058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
  • 40026503689
  • 40026664500
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)937368232

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