Biodynamics: Why the Wirewalker Doesn't Fall

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John Wiley & Sons, 2004 - 456 Seiten
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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Inhalt

Ways of Knowing
3
Ways of Thinking
27
MechanicsA First Look
51
Dynamics The Fundamentals of Motion
70
EnergyThe Source of It All
97
Linear Physics
129
Biomechanics 1Rectilinear Motion
149
Biomechanics 2Rotational Motion
167
Fluids at Rest
283
Fluids in Motion
303
Data Analysis
334
Biostatistics 2When Things Diverge 3 63
364
Biodynamic Time Series 1
383
Biodynamic Time Series 2
397
Biodynamic Time Series 3
409
Epilogue
423

FieldsHow Complex Systems Move
190
Molecules and MetabolismUnseen Causes
229
BioenergeticsThe Dynamics of Heat
259

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Über den Autor (2004)

Dr. Bruce J. West has been an active research scientist in industry, a university professor and department chair of physics, and he is presently a chief scientist in mathematics for the Army. Dr. West's career spans 30 years and he has over 310 research publications. Dr. West is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an Army Research Laboratory Fellow, and he has won numerous awards for outstanding research. His research specialization has been the application of nonlinear dynamics systems theory to a variety of physical and biomedical phenomena. His research has addressed general questions about what we can and cannot know about dynamical complex adaptive systems.

Dr. Lori Griffin holds a National Research Council Fellowship at Duke University. Her research focuses on human locomotion.

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