Human Anatomy-- the Mix of Life and Geometry and more...

Obviously, this is a large subject...and we are not going to compete with medical textbooks...

But rather explore and discover and enjoy what knowledge and inspiration we can share...

1. The Hand (Update 2013: See the Maker-Bot Prosthetic Hand photo and link just below)

This is a photograph I took of my left hand holding the Burmese wooden marionette's right hand...

Notice the intricately carved joints of the puppet's hand which enable very subtle and expressive movement and sentiment.


And let's jump forward several years from the puppet photos to May 2013:

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3D Printing is the New Revolution in Printing, as dramatic a change in society as Gutenberg's Paper Printing Press from 1450 in Germany.

This is a world-changer...and it sprung-up from the Maker-Bot DIY (Do It Yourself) Community...

Geometry and Home-Grown Engineering for the Greater Good...


2. Anatomy Coloring Book, The (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson


This is not the most exciting anatomy book but it is a visual and fun way to learn anatomy parts and systems with coloring markers or pencils.

The Latin names for Medical Terminology can get overwhelming, but if you focus on the Structure and Function of the various

related anatomy parts, you will gain a valuable foundational understanding of how your body "works"...

That is, you will come to appreciate the complexity and majesty of being a Live Human Being, as well as the susceptibilities and possible injuries

that can challenge your Health and Life...

There are some cool internet anatomy graphics learning tools to explore, such as the "Google Body" software application

(still being developed as a "beta testing program), but it requires downloading and using their new Browser "Google Chrome"

or other "beta testing versions" of Mozilla Firefox etc.... which I have not done yet...

And there are plenty of Human Anatomy videos showcasing the Performing Arts , and this link in particular revealing some more

hand magic

to be continued...

3. Honduran High Schooler's Low Cost Eye-Controlled Computer Interface

Electro-Oculography Research and Development by Luis Cruz, published at Make Magazine Daily Newsletter May 27, 2011

-- several excellent video demonstrations

-- an excellent one paragraph Bio-Engineering explanation


4. Albrecht Durer's Contribution to Human Anatomy are in his "Four Books of Human Proportion" published in 1528

from wikispace:

Dürer's work on human proportions is called the Four Books on Human Proportion (Vier Bücher von Menschlicher Proportion) of 1528. The first book was mainly composed by 1512/13 and completed by 1523, showing five differently constructed types of both male and female figures, all parts of the body expressed in fractions of the total height. Dürer based these constructions on both Vitruvius and empirical observations of, "two to three hundred living persons,"[18] in his own words. The second book includes eight further types, broken down not into fractions but an Albertian system, which Dürer probably learned from Francesco di Giorgio's 'De harmonica mundi totius' of 1525. In the third book, Dürer gives principles by which the proportions of the figures can be modified, including the mathematical simulation of convex and concave mirrors; here Dürer also deals with human physiognomy. The fourth book is devoted to the theory of movement.
Appended to the last book, however, is a self-contained essay on aesthetics, which Dürer worked on between 1512 and 1528, and it is here that we learn of his theories concerning 'ideal beauty'. Dürer rejected Alberti's concept of an objective beauty, proposing a relativist notion of beauty based on variety. Nonetheless, Dürer still believed that truth was hidden within nature, and that there were rules which ordered beauty, even though he found it difficult to define the criteria for such a code. In 1512/13 his three criteria were function ('Nutz'), naïve approval ('Wohlgefallen') and the happy medium ('Mittelmass'). However, unlike Alberti and Leonardo, Dürer was most troubled by understanding not just the abstract notions of beauty but also as to how an artist can create beautiful images. Between 1512 and the final draft in 1528, Dürer's belief developed from an understanding of human creativity as spontaneous or inspired to a concept of 'selective inward synthesis'.[18] In other words, that an artist builds on a wealth of visual experiences in order to imagine beautiful things. Dürer's belief in the abilities of a single artist over inspiration prompted him to assert that "one man may sketch something with his pen on half a sheet of paper in one day, or may cut it into a tiny piece of wood with his little iron, and it turns out to be better and more artistic than another's work at which its author labours with the utmost diligence for a whole year."[28]

Durer 4 Bks of Human Proportion

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4.1. Can anyone research what the Numbers and Symbols mean in the top drawing? They are boldly written and precisely placed...
And are part of an Ideal form and symmetries and proportions.