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John Napier
Revised by Russell H. Tuttle

Paperback | 1993 | $30.95 | £25.95 | ISBN: 9780691025476
200 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
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Intended for all readers--including magicians, detectives, musicians, orthopedic surgeons, and anthropologists--this book offers a thorough account of that most intriguing and most human of appendages: the hand. In this illustrated work, John Napier explores a wide range of absorbing subjects such as fingerprints, handedness, gestures, fossil remains, and the making and using of tools.


"Maybe Newton was right about the thumb [that it was evidence of God's existence], but there is far more to arouse wonder in the hand than he knew, and Dr. Napier indicates its scope with authority and imagination."--The New York Times Book Review

"[John Napier's] book is deliberately 'not too technical,' light and full of wit. . . . Fingerprints, gestures, nerves, bone, hand hair--all are given attention . . . in this interesting survey."--Scientific American

"Each fascinating chapter in this book is a conjured mixture of anecdote, entertainment, and instruction."--Annals of Human Biology

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations and Figures
Pt. 1 Nature and Evolution of the Hand
Ch. 1 "You Need Hands. . ." 3
Ch. 2 Structure of the Hand 13
Ch. 3 Function of the Hand 55
Ch. 4 Evolution of the Hand 73
Pt. 2 Social and Cultural Aspects of the Hand
Ch. 5 Tool-Using and Tool-Making 97
Ch. 6 Handedness 121
Ch. 7 Fingerprints 131
Ch. 8 Gestures 143
Suggested Reading and References 159
Index 169

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