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Right Hand, Left Hand

The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures

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ISBN 9780674016132

Publication Date: 10/25/2004

Short

432 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

50 halftones; 73 line illustrations, 9 tables

United States and its dependencies only

  • List of Figures*
  • List of Tables**
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Dr Watson’s problem
  • 2. Death and the right hand
  • 3. On the left bank
  • 4. Kleiz, drept, luft, zeso, lijevi, prawy
  • 5. The heart of the dragon
  • 6. The toad, ugly and venomous
  • 7. The dextrous and the gauche
  • 8. The left brain, the right brain and the whole brain
  • 9. Ehud, son of Gera
  • 10. Three men went to mow
  • 11. Keggie-hander
  • 12. Vulgar errors
  • 13. The handedness of Muppets
  • 14. Man is all symmetrie
  • 15. The world, the small, the great
  • Notes
  • Picture and Text Credits
  • Index
  • * Figures
    • 1.1 Situs solitus and situs inversus
    • 1.2 Sir Thomas Watson
    • 1.3 Louis Pasteur
    • 1.4 Crystals of racemic acid
    • 1.5 A simple spiral staircase
    • 1.6 A complex spiral staircase
    • 1.7 Paul Broca
    • 1.8 The brain of Leborgne (Tan)
    • 1.9 The brain of Lélong
    • 2.1 Robert Hertz
    • 2.2 Burial in the Kurgan and Beaker cultures
    • 2.3 Relationship of compass to right and left
    • 2.4 The floor plan of a Purum house
    • 2.5 The ground plan of a Christian church
    • 3.1 Thomas Henry Huxley
    • 3.2 Right-handed screw
    • 3.3 Necklace found with Ötzi
    • 3.4 Iron age torque
    • 3.5 Right- and left-handed shells
    • 3.6 A left-handed spiral staircase
    • 3.7 The bend dexter and the bend sinister
    • 3.8 Congruent triangles
    • 3.9 Congruent triangles, slid one over the other
    • 3.10 Incongruent counterpart triangles
    • 3.11 Incongruent counterpart triangles rotated into the third dimension
    • 3.12 Train on a single track
    • 3.13 Reversing loop for train
    • 4.1 A British postage stamp
    • 4.2 A US one-dollar bill
    • 4.3 Comet Hale-Bopp
    • 4.4 Test of Right–Left Understanding
    • 4.5 The Hands Test—control condition
    • 4.6 The Hands Test—main condition
    • 4.7 A number form
    • 4.8 Three bears—version 1
    • 4.9 Three bears—version 2
    • 4.10 Left–right anomalies in drawings
    • 4.11 Tischbein’s portrait of Goethe
    • 5.1 Burroughs-Wellcome advert for digitalis
    • 5.2 The arterial tree
    • 5.3 Pleurothetism
    • 5.4 Cephalodiscus and Cothurnocystis
    • 5.5 The movements of Rhenocystis
    • 5.6 Dexiothetism
    • 5.7 The rearrangement of the vertebrate body plan
    • 5.8 The development of flatfish
    • 5.9 Isomerism defects and situs inversus
    • 5.10 Symmetrised face
    • 5.11 Early cell division in the tadpole
    • 5.12 A tadpole with situs inversus
    • 5.13 Roux’s experiment on a two-cell embryo
    • 5.14 Hans Spemann
    • 5.15 Conjoined newt twins
    • 5.16 9+2 structure of a normal and an abnormal cilium
    • 5.17 The developing heart tube
    • 5.18 Expression of Sonic hedgehog in the chick embryo
    • 5.19 The anatomy of Hensen’s node
    • 5.20 Schematic representation of nodal flow
    • 6.1 The arrangement of atoms in D-valine and L-valine
    • 6.2 Ball-and-stick models of D-alanine and L-alanine
    • 6.3 Chiral catalysis
    • 7.1 Charles Darwin with his son William
    • 7.2 Waltham Forest handedness survey
    • 7.3 The Tapley and Bryden handedness test
    • 7.4 Franziska hand-clasping aged six weeks
    • 7.5 Franziska and Anna aged fourteen months
    • 7.6 Spiral movements in humans and animals
    • 8.1 Pasteur and Mach in late life
    • 8.2 The left hemisphere of the brain of a woman with complete loss of language
    • 8.3 Functional localisation of grammar in the left hemisphere
    • 8.4 A demonstration of agnosia
    • 8.5 Object recognition test in agnosia
    • 8.6 Canonical and non-canonical view of a hand-saw
    • 8.7 Drawings of a cube by a split-brain patient
    • 8.8 Brain scan of Federico Fellini after his stroke
    • 8.9 Line-bisection tasks carried out by Fellini
    • 8.10 Clocks drawn by a patient with neglect
    • 8.11 Flowers drawn by a patient with neglect
    • 8.12 Drawing by Fellini
    • 8.13 Potrait by Tom Greenshields
    • 8.14 Functional asymmetry test
    • 8.15 Chimeric face
    • 9.1 Left-handedness during the twentieth century
    • 9.2 Handedness in works of art
    • 9.3 Silver spoon from the Mildenhall Treasure
    • 9.4 Handedness in gorillas
    • 9.5 The right hands of different primates
    • 9.6 Movement of the right and left arm while throwing a ball
    • 10.1 Thomas Carlyle
    • 10.2 Boustrophedon
    • 10.3 True boustrophedon and false boustrophedon
    • 10.4 The historical development of the direction of writing
    • 10.5 Countries driving on the right and left in 2000
    • 10.6 Countries driving on the right and left in 1919
    • 10.7 Chirenia in the year 1 AF
    • 10.8 Chirenia in the years 1 AF to 6 AF
    • 11.1 Sir Osbert Sitwell
    • 11.2 Van Gogh’s lithograph of The Potato Eaters
    • 11.3 Terms for left-handedness in England
    • 12.1 Sir Thomas Browne
    • 12.2 Perception of location of body organs
    • 12.3 The hooked or inverted writing position
    • 12.4 Sundial in Queens’ College, Cambridge
    • 12.5 Clock painted by Uccello
    • 12.6 Simple reflection in a mirror
    • 12.7 Reversed image in a mirror
    • 12.8 Unreversed image in a mirror
    • 12.9 Non-reversing mirror
    • 13.1 Tintype photograph of Billy the Kid
    • 13.2 Writing in Leonardo’s maps of Val di Chiana
    • 13.3 Rembrandt’s engraving of The Three Trees
    • 13.4 Edgar Allen Poe photograph, and as a composite of two right cheeks or two left cheeks
    • 13.5 Shadowing from right and left
    • 14.1 The type of ink-blot used in the Rorschach test
    • 14.2 An example of translation
    • 14.3 Human footprints showing glide reflection
    • 14.4 Patterns found in Roman mosaics
    • 14.5 Raffia cloth from Zaire
    • 14.6 Seventeen types of wallpaper
    • 14.7 Ørsted’s experiments
    • 14.8 Dot figures showing different types of symmetry
    • 14.9 A random-dot pattern
    • 15.1 Assyrian bas-relief sculpture
  • ** Tables
    • 2.1 Purum dual symbolic system
    • 2.2 Gogo dual symbolic system
    • 4.1 Indo-European words for ‘right’ and ‘left’
    • 8.1 Brain damage and speech loss
    • 8.2 The relationship between handedness and language dominance
    • 9.1 Processing styles of the two hemispheres of the brain
    • 10.1 Voting in European democracies
    • 12.1 Survey on the position of the heart
    • 15.1 Associations of symmetry and asymmetry

Awards & Accolades

  • 2003 Aventis Prize for Best Book in Popular Science Writing, Royal Society, U.K. National Academy of Science, and the Aventis Foundation
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