Leonardo's Foot: How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles Shaped the Human World

Leonardo's Foot: How 10 Toes, 52 Bones, and 66 Muscles Shaped the Human World

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Carol Ann Rinzler
  • Publish Date: 2013-05-21

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Our reviewer declared that this book represents some of the best writing about science for the non‑scientist that he has encountered in recent years. The focus, of course, is the foot and the author provides an impressive array of facts, figures and stories about it, along with a great deal of history, etymology and cultural perspective. --American Association for the Advancement of Science

Rinzler clearly enjoyed researching her subject and can't stop herself from going on interesting digressions, often bringing up one or two mostly unrelated topics within the course of a paragraph. She's at her best when discussing medical history and etymology. --  Library Journal
Rinzler lifts the lowly human foot to new heights in this appealing book. --Booklist (starred review)  

Stylish, informative, entertaining, and pleasantly personal . . . Whether Rinzler is exploring how our feet explain or illuminate such topics as evolution, disability, racism, diet, or desire, she maintains a fascinating perspective on the peculiarities of being human. 
--Rain Taxi Review of Books

This neat little book draws a clear picture of our feet, providing understanding that extends far beyond the obvious. Readers often like to walk away from a book feeling they learned something--that the author left them with a new way to look at an old idea, and this book fulfills that need.   City Book Review/San Francisco & Sacramento (five stars)

An in-depth look at the anatomy and history of feet reveals their often overlooked importance in human evolution, medicine and art. --Science News                                                             
Carol Ann Rinzler weaves together material from art, literature, science, and history to broaden our understanding of the human foot. Her book is by turns entertaining, enlightening, and altogether satisfying. --Congresswoman CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Among the many pleasures of this book are the intriguing subject, Carol Ann Rinzler's lively and accessible writing style, and the amazing array of information she has gathered from so many different fields, including art, anthropology, history, biology, linguistics, psychology, and literature. Who knew that the story of our own feet could be so fascinating?
--SANDRA OPDYCKE, author of No One Was Turned Away and Jane Addams and Her Vision for America
This book will amaze you as it walks you through evolution, history, mythology, and a good dose of anatomy, to enlighten you about the role of the Humble Human Foot in bringing human beings to where we are today. Thoroughly enjoyable, informative, and well written, it is a must read for anyone involved in caring for our lower extremity--or interested in our evolution. In short, you will never view the foot the same again.
--GARY STONES, DPM, President, New York State Podiatric Medical Association
Carol Ann Rinzler has written a surprising and delightful book about this 'underwhelming, underreported, and completely indispensable' part of the human body. It's amazing what you'll learn!
--RICHARD N. GOTTFRIED, Chair, New York State Assembly Health Committee

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