Lecture 6 - Living machines

From the 1983 lecture programme:

Nature's designs of living machines vary enormously, not least in their means of propulsion. We shall explore some of the fascinating solutions to problems of animal locomotion on land, sea and in the air, and we shall look in particular at how our understanding of human locomotion contributes to the growing and important subject of biomechanics. How do we walk, for example? What are the forces on our various joints? Such questions must be answered before a satisfactory artificial hip-joint can be designed and made, and we shall see how bioengineering contributes to the solutions. We shall also look at the ways in which devices to aid the disabled are being developed, and investigate some of the workings of our neuromuscular controls.

Topics

Natural world

Copyright

BBC

Year

1983

Lecturer

Leonard Maunder

Duration

58:18

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