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Hands (Princeton Science Library) [Paperback]

John Napier , Russell H. Tuttle

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22 Feb 1993 Princeton Science Library

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.

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"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

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

"[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

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HANDS is a book about the anatomy, function, and evolution of the human hand, but since we are not a one-off product of nature but a species with close nonhuman relatives it is also about the hands of monkeys and apes. Read the first page
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interfaces that are worth the "Hand" 3 Oct 2012
By Sohel Khan - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book after Bret Victor's allusion to it in his rant against Microsoft's vision of touch screens [...] ). The book does challenge one's estimate of "hand", its design (and the Designer). As I am waiting for carpal tunnel syndrome diagnostics for my right hand, I wish we can come up with better interfaces than mouse, keyboard and touch screens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional science and witty writing 12 Feb 2009
By T. F. Mccoy - Published on Amazon.com
As a physician and ergonomist I found this book to be stimulating, fun, informative, and very useful. The hand is too often overlooked or treated shabbily in our work and daily living. Though it connects us to our world, we tend to take it for granted. This book helps all of us to overcome that error. Get the book, enjoy it. It is worth the money and the time reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW APPRECIATION OF MY HANDS 20 Dec 2013
By mjmulgrew - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently had to have surgery on my thumb after a car accident. My hand was in a cast for six weeks and I needed physical therapy before my thumb and hand were of much use. This got me interested in hands and how they work, especially the thumb. I learned a lot reading this book. I will never take my thumbs for granted, again.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hands-down the best book on hands 28 Jun 2006
By Lupu Shinge - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book for anyone who loves hands, and appreciates how perfect a perfect hand can be. There is nothing like it on the market. In the evening, when I'm done reading Friedrich Hoelderlin, I like to relax with this book. It really helps me understand hands.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon.com sells refurbished items as new 21 Feb 2010
By Hambergler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a great read. It has a wide variety of applications (law enforcement, anthropology, medical etc) and is suitable for even a novice reader.

On the hand, I purchased my book "new" from Amazon. I received a book with a dog-earred page and highlighting. Because I needed this book for a college assignment, I could not just send it back. Afterwards, I found another person interested in my marked up book and bought another for myself (to keep for later reading/reference).

I've recently purchased yet another item from Amazon that was used and is being sold as new. I called their support (well they call you after you request a call) and complained. I ended up getting a refund (only for items under $40 they say) and didn't have to return my item.
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