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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 * Tensegrity

Chapter 2 * Simple geometry in complex organisms

Chapter 3 * The balance of unseen forces

Chapter 4 * The problem with mechanics

Chapter 5 * The autonomous cell

Chapter 6 * The twist in the tale

Chapter 7 * The ease of motion

Chapter 8 * The 'hard' and the 'soft'

Chapter 9 * A closer look

Chapter 10 * 'Complex' patterns in biology

Chapter 11 * Biotensegrity: a rational approach to biomechanics

Chapter 12 * Biotensegrity: the structural basis of life

Appendix 1 * Tensegrity models

Appendix 2 * Muscle volume and crossed helical fiber angle

Appendix 3 * The questionable hydrostat

Appendix 4 * The avian lung

Appendix 5 * Closed-chain kinematics and embryological development

About the Author

Graham Scarr is a chartered biologist and osteopath with a particular interest in structural mechanics. Fascinated by the numerous examples of geometric patterns and shapes in nature, he has been researching their significance over many years.

As a graduate in microbiology, and after spending several years developing his skills in a bacteriological research lab, he is now part of a specific interest group looking at the significance of the biotensegrity concept to biomechanics and clinical practice, and at the forefront of current thinking about this subject.

Working closely with Stephen Levin, an orthopaedic surgeon who first recognized the importance of biotensegrity to living organisms, he has developed new models that progress our understanding of the structure-function relationship in biology.

Graham Scarr is currently a Fellow of the Linnean Society and Member of the Society of Biology; he has published several papers on this subject in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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