Leonardo's Foot: How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles by Carol Ann Rinzler

By Carol Ann Rinzler

Leonardo’s Foot stretches again to the fossil checklist and ahead to fresh discoveries in evolutionary technological know-how to illustrate that it used to be our ft instead of our brains that first amazing us from different species in the animal state. Taking thought from Leonardo da Vinci’s assertion that "the human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a piece of art," Carol Ann Rinzler leads us on a desirable walk via technological know-how, drugs, and tradition to make clear the position our ft have performed within the evolution of civilization.

Whether discussing the appropriate human shape in classical antiquity, the remarkable intensity of the arching soles at the figures in Sandro Botticelli’s start of Venus, an array of foot maladies and the way they've got affected luminaries from Lord Byron to Benjamin Franklin, or delving into the historical past of foot fetishism, Rinzler has created a perfectly various catalog of info on our lowest extremities. this can be renowned technology writing at its such a lot entertaining—page after web page of attention-grabbing evidence, established round the playful idea that appreciating this frequently missed a part of our physique is key to realizing what it's to be human.

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I consider both the strengths and limitations of recent approaches to understanding the processes by which the worlds we live in get made, and weigh up the alternatives that are now on offer. And in this way, I come back to the renewed philosophical interest in an earth which does its own thing, whatever surcharge we add to its mobilizations – or to its obduracy. indd 26 02/11/2010 10:33:05 AM 2 Ways to Make a World: From Relational Materiality to Radical Asymmetry Introduction: excesses of life ‘Life is open to the universe and to itself’, as biologist Lynn Margulis and science writer Dorian Sagan pithily put it (1995: 199).

No existing discipline is geared up to engage with situations that encompass the transformative capabilities of micro and macro-biological life, expanding global transport and communication infrastructures, advancing techno-scientific capacities for manipulating living things, changing patterns of urbanization, shifting public understanding and wavering affective states, proliferating institutional arrangements for policing biosecurity, and so on. A clutch of still relatively novel ‘relational’ ontologies and research agendas oriented towards the interaction of heterogeneous objects has risen to this challenge, generating some of the most exciting, creative and urgently needed ‘social’ (read ‘more-than-social’) theory of recent years.

No existing discipline is geared up to engage with situations that encompass the transformative capabilities of micro and macro-biological life, expanding global transport and communication infrastructures, advancing techno-scientific capacities for manipulating living things, changing patterns of urbanization, shifting public understanding and wavering affective states, proliferating institutional arrangements for policing biosecurity, and so on. A clutch of still relatively novel ‘relational’ ontologies and research agendas oriented towards the interaction of heterogeneous objects has risen to this challenge, generating some of the most exciting, creative and urgently needed ‘social’ (read ‘more-than-social’) theory of recent years.

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