The human hand is one of the most intricate and sophisticated machines known to us. It's also one of the most human. This is a fascinating dive into the physiological properties of hands, the evolutionary process that got us here, and how human hands compare to various other primates. Also touches on topics like fingerprints, hand gestures used in communication, and the function of hands in tool-using and -making.
Oct 03, Sohelmk added it. 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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Jan 10, Craig rated it it was ok. As much as I admire him as a scientist and continue to reread some of his classic papers, this book is a mess. It's hard to imagine that very many people would be interested in the disparate subject matter presented in this book. It's all related to hands, but with coverage ranging from early ape fossils to modern dancing styles, it's a head-scratcher.
Dec 28, Nancy Chen rated it liked it. Hands is a comprehensive yet quick book on the structure, history, tool-making capability, etc.
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The most interesting chapters for me were hand capabilities and gestures because they provide a nice way to think about future human-computer interactions. Dec 25, Oliver rated it really liked it. Part one, "Nature and Evolution of the Hand," is excellent, and I'd recommend it to anyone who has even a passing interest in the subject. Part two, "Social and Cultural Aspects of the Hand," is less clear and less complete, but still interesting. Dec 18, Jeremy Hornik rated it liked it. A study of hands: physiology, function, evolution, handedness, fingerprints. Physiology and function were the most interesting chapters to me, especially the analysis of different grips: power, precision, and so on.
Written in a voice I might call "popular science droll", which I enjoyed. Dec 06, Branning rated it it was amazing. Great anatomical and historical view of hands and gestures. Found the anthropological bits thin. Nov 17, Kari rated it it was ok Shelves: toad. This was blah. But short, so I read most of it. If I wrote a book, my acknowledgements page would look like his. Ha ha, was that the most interesting part? Mar 15, Andrew rated it liked it. Dry but informative.
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I learned all sorts of facts. The fun part is, you can check many of the assertions by moving the book aside and starting at your hands and fingers. Elizabeth rated it it was ok Jul 03, Julian rated it really liked it Mar 19, Mark rated it liked it Jan 08, Evan rated it liked it Aug 26, Dave rated it liked it Oct 14, Jack Zhao rated it really liked it Sep 18, Chris rated it liked it Jun 26, Dr E rated it really liked it Dec 30, Sarah rated it really liked it Aug 01, Jun 30, Ann rated it it was ok.
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Buy It Now. Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Suitable for the readers - including magicians, detectives, musicians, orthopedic surgeons, and anthropologists - this book offers an account of that most intriguing and most human of appendages: the hand. It explores a range of absorbing subjects such as fingerprints, handedness, gestures, fossil remains, and the making and using of tools.
Additional Product Features Table of Content. Fingerprints, gestures, nerves, bone, hand hair--all are given attention. Napier indicates its scope with authority and imagination. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart.