on 21 June 2004
Currey has produced a wonderfully useful review of the mechanical principles which have influenced the shape, structure and composition of bone tissue and bones. It includes basic descriptions of strees, strain, shear, Young's Modulus, etc, and then brilliantly explains how those concepts are applied to evaluating the mechanical properties of bone. I found this book helpful as I was thinking about how natural selection operates on bones and the animals which they support and protect. Any biologist or paleontologist interested in form and function in vertebrates will want this book.
on 18 December 2013
Vested interest warning: I know John Currey, one of the most charming and knowledgeable of men. This book is a classic, full of information, within a structure that makes the multiple scales of bone structure and function seem obvious and comprehensible. The writing style is pure Currey, amiable, precise, occasionally digressing, always enthusiastic. This is an excellent textbook AND a good read. Why only 4 stars then? Even the latest edition is showing its age a little, and maybe some of the illustrations need to be upgraded, though we are none of us getting any younger.