Life Among the Formulae of Physics

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Science  23 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5670, pp. 520
DOI: 10.1126/science.1095993

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Comparative Biomechanics Life's Physical World. by Steven Vogel. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2003. 592 pp. $60, £39.95. ISBN 0-691-11297-5.

In this comprehensive introduction to biomechanics, Vogel covers both fluid and solid mechanics as well as the properties of biological materials. With his usual style and wit, he discusses the use of methods and models adapted from physics and mechanical engineering to explore how organisms move and function.