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Cats' paws and catapults : mechanical worlds of nature and people

Author: Steven Vogel
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explores the differences in the mechanical workings of nature and technology and attempts to determine whether the designs of nature, such as the functions of animals; or the designs of man, such as the functions of cars; should be viewed as superior.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Vogel
ISBN: 0393046419 9780393046410 9780393319903 0393319903
OCLC Number: 37843842
Description: 382 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Noncoincident worlds --
Two schools of design --
The matter of magnitude --
Surfaces, angles, and corners --
The stiff and the soft --
Two routes to rigidity --
Pulling versus pushing --
Engines for the mechanical worlds --
Putting engines to work --
About pumps, jets, and ships --
Making widgets --
Copying, in retrospect --
Copying, present and prospective --
Contrasts, convergences, and consequences.
Responsibility: Steven Vogel ; illustrated by Kathryn K. Davis with the author.

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