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Biodynamics: Why the Wirewalker Doesn't Fall

Biodynamics: Why the Wirewalker Doesn't Fall

Bruce J. West, Lori A. Griffin

ISBN: 978-0-471-34619-7

Dec 2003

456 pages

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$194.95

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You can never step in the same river twice, goes the old adage of philosophy. An observation on the transitory nature of fluids in motion, this saying also describes the endless variations researchers face when studying human movement. Understanding these biodynamics-why the wirewalker doesn't fall-requires a grasp of the constant fluctuations and fine tunings which maintain balance in the complex, fluid system of human locomotion.
Taking a comprehensive approach to the phenomenon of locomotion, Biodynamics: Why the Wirewalker Doesn't Fall integrates physical laws and principles with concepts of fractals, chaos, and randomness. In so doing, it formulates a description of both the large-scale, smooth aspects of locomotion and the more minute, randomized mechanisms of this physiological process.
Ideal for beginners in this subject, Biodynamics provides an elegant explanation without assuming the reader's understanding of complex physical principles or mathematical equations. Chapter topics include:
* Dimensions, measurement, and scaling
* Mechanics and dynamics
* Biometrics
* Conservation of momentum
* Biomechanics
* Bioelectricity
* Bioenergetics
* Fluid mechanics and dynamics
* Data analysis
* Biostatistics
Packed with problem sets, examples, and original line drawings, Biodynamics is an invaluable text for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and instructors in medicine, biology, physiology, biophysics, and bioengineering.

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Preface.

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE.

Chapter 1. Ways of Knowing.

Chapter 2. Ways of Thinking.

Chapter 3. Mechanics—A First Look.

PART II: DYNAMICS, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MOTION.

Chapter 4. Measures of Motion.

Chapter 5. Energy—The Source of It All.

Chapter 6. Linear Physics.

Chapter 7. Biomechanics 1—Rectilinear Motion.

Chapter 8. Biomechanics 2—Rotational Motion.

PART III: FIELDS—HOW COMPLEX SYSTEMS MOVE.

Chapter 9. Bioelectricity—Signals in the Body.

Chapter 10. Molecules and Metabolism—Unseen Causes.

Chapter 11. Bioenergetics—The Dynamics of Heat.

Chapter 12. Fluids at Rest.

Chapter 13. Fluids in Motion.

PART IV: DATA ANALYSIS—WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM MEASUREMENTS.

Chapter 14. Biostatistics 1—When Things Converge.

Chapter 15. Biostatistics 2—When Things Diverge.

Chapter 16. Biodynamic Time Series 1—Stride Rate Variability.

Chapter 17. Biodynamic Time Series 2—Heart Rate Variability.

Chapter 18. Biodynamic Time Series 3—Breathing Rate Variability.

Epilogue.

PART V: MICROBIOGRAPHIES—THE SCIENTISTS WHO MADE HISTORY.

References.

Index.

"...a very good and useful book, with excellent coverage of scientific materials to explain biodynamics." (American Journal of Human Biology, January/February 2006)

"...highly recommended for medical professionals working on evaluation of human body performance..." (Medical Physics, August 2004)

"This book belongs in all collections that cover biology, engineering and general science." (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 6)