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Hand : How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture

Hand : How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679740476

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ISBN13: 978-0679740476
ISBN10: 0679740473
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1998
International: No

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Hand : How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679740476

Frank R. Wilson

ISBN13: 978-0679740476
ISBN10: 0679740473
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

The human hand is a miracle of biomechanics, one of the most remarkable adaptations in the history of evolution. The hands of a concert pianist can elicit glorious sound and stir emotion; those of a surgeon can perform the most delicate operations; those of a rock climber allow him to scale a vertical mountain wall. Neurologist Frank R. Wilson makes the striking claim that it is because of the unique structure of the hand and its evolution in cooperation with the brain that Homo sapiens became the most intelligent, preeminent animal on the earth.

In this fascinating book, Wilson moves from a discussion of the hand's evolution--and how its intimate communication with the brain affects such areas as neurology, psychology, and linguistics--to provocative new ideas about human creativity and how best to nurture it. Like Oliver Sacks and Stephen Jay Gould, Wilson handles a daunting range of scientific knowledge with a surprising deftness and a profound curiosity about human possibility. Provocative, illuminating, and delightful to read, The Hand encourages us to think in new ways about one of our most taken-for-granted assets.

Author Bio

Wilson, Frank R. :

Frank R. Wilson is the medical director of the Peter F. Ostwald Health Program for Performing Artists at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco.

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