David L. Hu’s exploration of animal movement, its study, and its application to robotics and medicine is a joy to read. Hu’s informed, unpretentious writing explores decidedly original subject matter. He cites numerous fascinating and bizarre research-based twists and turns that derive from studying animal movement patterns. For example, certain college professors fear three-day holiday weekends because that extra day without supervision gives laboratory fire ants more time to figure out how to escape their confinement. Hu revels in these and other evocative images and facts. He connects these incidents and uses them to frame vivid, unforgettable tales of animal locomotion and the implications of research in the field. Hu’s wit, arcane knowledge and curiosity will engage anyone interested the strange hidden realities of animal and human life, scientific exploration, and the intersection of robotics and natural movement.
In this summary, you will learn
- How animals move,
- How scientists study animal movement, and
- How both practices contribute to medicine and robotics.
About the Author
David L. Hu is associate professor of fluid dynamics at Georgia Tech.