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Gbur, Greg,

Falling felines and fundamental physics / Gregory J. Gbur. - xiv, 337 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

At foot of dust jacket: A headlong dive into the science of how cats land on their feet.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-318) and index.

"The question of how falling cats land on their feet has intrigued humans since at least the middle of the nineteenth century. In this playful and eye-opening history, physicist and cat parent Gregory Gbur explores how attempts to understand the cat-righting reflex have provided crucial insights into puzzles in mathematics, geophysics, neuroscience, and human space exploration. The result is an engaging tumble through physics, physiology, photography, and robotics to uncover, through scientific debate, the secret of the acrobatic performance known as cat-turning, the cat flip, and the cat twist. Readers learn the solution, but also discover that the finer details still inspire heated arguments. As with other cat behavior, the more we investigate, the more surprises we discover"--Front flap of dustjacket.



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