Early biomechanics, 17th century

Early biomechanics, 17th century

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Credit: KING'S COLLEGE LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Early biomechanics. 17th-century diagrams depicting the mechanics of human and animal motions. The mechanism of bird flight (across top), horse locomotion (centre left), fish movements (centre and lower right) and a standing dog, monkey and human (lower left) are shown. These diagrams are from a work by the Italian scientist Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679), one of the first to apply physics to the study of animal movements. The work is 'De motu animalium' (1680, Rome), with this copy from a 1685 edition.

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