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Muscles, Reflexes, and Locomotion Paperback – April 21, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0691023762 ISBN-10: 069102376X

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"This book is highly recommended to all those interested in muscle and animal movement. It is likely to be equally useful to students and to established research workers in biophysics, bioengineering, biology, and medicine."--Science
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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 21, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069102376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691023762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Warren J. Dew on December 17, 1998
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This book presents its title subjects in a clear analytical style. While it is a textbook, it is quite accessible to the educated lay reader; the prose is nontechnical and can be easily understood without reference to the equations. The numerous diagrams are clear and aid understanding.

The first five chapters describe the biochemistry and mechanics underlying muscular action. The next two chapters cover how the central nervous system controls and coordinates muscular action. The final two chapters cover the mechanics of locomotion, with particular attention to how size and shape relate to movement. McMahon presents the most current scientific thinking on each subject, along with a brief history of earlier theories.

As a ballroom dancer and engineer, I found the book fascinating.

McMahon is a professor of Applied Mechanics and of Biology at Harvard University. Some of the material presented in the final chapters of the book stems from his own research and theoretical work. This work was used by Harvard University to design and build a 'tuned track' to increase runners' speeds, on which a number of record times were promptly set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Beattty on December 1, 2004
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This text is a classic for understanding the mechanics of muscles and the movements they cause. From the mechanics of actin and myosin bridges to limbs as levers, it covers the full spectrum of mechanics in a technical but readable way. I had this as a textbook for a class in biomechanics that was excellent, I would recommend it to anyone wanting more than the simple gross mechanics of lever systems most treatments of this subject get. Be aware that to get full use out of this you will want to sharpen your calculus.... :)
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The late Tom McMahon was a excellent lucid writer, and this monograph is fun to read while also being packed with information.
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By Jose R. Eguibar Cuenca on February 18, 2013
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I AM WORKING NOW IN LOCOMOTION
THE BOOK IS A VERY GOOD START IN ORDER TO KNOW EVERYTHING IN THIS FIELD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaimz on March 16, 2012
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Princeton Press is shamelessly profiteering off of this text. This book is fantastic for understanding the physiology of muscles and should be required reading for anyone studying biomechanics. Most American scientific writing becomes public domain after a few years, consider Alberts' Molecular Biology of the Cell. Old versions (such as the 2006 version which is more recent than when this text was published) is free on ncbi. Not only is this text more than 25 years old, but McMahon died over a decade ago.

I challenge the publishers to support the free distribution of no longer cutting-edge science and put out a copy of this for free on the web. It is inexcusable to be charging more than a modest markup beyond manufacturing costs at this point.
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