Ladders: The History and Science of Elevation
By: Robert D. Cohen (author)Paperback
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Ladders is about how people throughout the ages have made their way to the top, by fair means or foul. The book starts with a description of the physical aspects of ladders (including staircases, which, for the purposes of Ladders, are regarded as ways of getting to the top. Included is a discussion of gravity, which opposes one's ascent). It covers Isaac Newton dropping apples and working out a Law of Gravitation from his observations, and the friendly rivalry between Newton and Robert Hooke (who was interested in the same topic), as well as ladders in stockings, the history of the superstition that walking under a ladder brings bad luck, ladders in art, including representations of Jacob's Ladder (from the Book of Genesis to the statue of a man carrying a ladder outside Edgware Road Underground Station), and the origins of the saying 'honi soit qui mal y pense'. Robert is the author of a series of books describing the history, science, medicine, artistic representation and cuisine of various body parts which includes; Skin and Bones, Man and the Liver, Splancreas and other Offal, A Muscle Odyssey and Nephrosapiens - A History of Man's Thinking about the Kidney.
Ladders will appeal to those interested in history, science and medical books.
Robert D. Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the University of London, UK. He was educated at Plymouth and Clifton Colleges, and spent most of his career at The London Hospital (now The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel) and its Medical College. His main interests were internal medicine and metabolic disorders, especially those of the liver and kidneys; he is the author of many papers and chapters in books and the writer or editor of several multi-author volumes on these topics. Since his days as a Cambridge undergraduate he has always had a special interest in biochemical aspects of medicine. He and his wife have two children and five grandchildren. They retired in 1999, and now live in a small village a few miles north of Chichester.
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