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By Steven Vogel

Nature and people construct their units with a similar earthly fabrics and use them within the similar air and water, pulled by way of an identical gravity. Why, then, do their designs diverge so sharply? people, for example, love correct angles, whereas nature's angles are not often correct and customarily rounded. Our expertise is going round on wheels—and on rotating pulleys, gears, shafts, and cams—yet in nature purely the tiny propellers of micro organism spin as precise wheels. Our hinges flip simply because challenging elements slide round one another, while nature's hinges (a rabbit's ear, for instance) extra frequently swing via bending versatile fabrics. during this marvelously striking, witty booklet, Steven Vogel compares those mechanical worlds, introduces the reader to his box of biomechanics, and explains how the nexus of actual legislations, dimension, and comfort of building make certain the designs of either humans and nature. "This dependent comparability of human and organic expertise will endlessly swap how you examine each."—Michael LaBarbera, American Scientist

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But no one has undertaken a criticism of this kind 20 which I believe would be bound to fail. One of the works merits our particular attention. The Nature of Man. I am not as convinced as Jouanna that it forms an obvious literary unity but the unity of authorship seems to me undeniable (see Jouanna, 1969, pp. 150157). The Nature of Man is attributed to Poly bus by Aristotle as far as Chapter 11 is concerned, in the History of Animals (HA, III, 3, 512a-513b) and as far as the first chapters are concerned in the Anonymus Londinensis.

Apart from these difficulties, he has to convince himself that the uniting of Polybus, author of the Nature of Man, and Polybus, student and son-inlaw of Hippocrates was probably the creation of Dioscurides and Capiton, deceived perhaps by an unfortunate similarity of name (Smith, 1979, pp. 220, 221). This is to prefer skeptical conjecture to some solid facts that can be seriously corroborated. It is appropriate here to consider the more subtly shaded views of lloyd who stressed the doctrinal divergences separating some works from certain others that have been accepted here as of Coan origin.

H. Freeman, San Francisco. : 1840,Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, Parker, London. PART I ROBERT JOLY HIPPOCRATES AND THE SCHOOL OF COS BETWEEN MYTH AND SKEPTICISM The myth is well known: it is dispersed throughout the apocryphal texts of the Hippocratic Collection, the Letters, Decrees and Speeches (Littre, 1861, IX, pp. 308-428; Hercher, 1871, pp. 289-318; and Putzger, 1914): the king's invitation, the patriotism of Hippocrates, the story of his relation to Democritus,l the role he played at the time of the plague in Athens.

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