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He is equipped with two reinforced membranous wings which must serve the
dual function of wing and propeller. Failure to take into account this dual function
of insect wings led to the famous miscalculation proving that bees could not fly.
At the same time the rate and amplitude of wing strokes were being recorded by
other devices. More recently there was published an account of experimentation
with a cricket into whose brain had been implanted electrodes so that the brain ...
Its body is made of plum-pudding, its wings of holly-leaves, and its head is a
raisin burning in brandy." Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Chapter 13
The idea that the head of a fly is a raisin burning in brandy is only slightly more ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review