All Shops
We're still open for business, read our Covid-19 statement here

British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £30 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Organismal to Molecular Biology  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Machina Carnis The Biochemistry of Muscular Contraction in Its Historical Development

By: Dorothy M Needham
Machina Carnis
Click to have a closer look
  • Machina Carnis ISBN: 9780521112673 Paperback Jun 2009 Usually dispatched within 6 days
Price: £43.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Related titles

About this book

Originally published in 1971, this is an account of the centuries of experiment and speculation that have led to our understanding of how muscles work. The book traces all the developments in the field since 1600 and devotes special attention to the breakthroughs made in the last century.

It considers the nature of the muscle machine and its fuel, as well as the intricate regulation of energy supply under different conditions. It also examines the very varied kinds of muscle and the effects of some diseases on their structure and function. Finally it shows how the energy metabolism first elucidated for the mechanical work of muscle has been found to explain most of the other kinds of work done by cells, as in light production, secretion, ionic transport and electrical discharge.

The biochemistry of muscle, carbohydrate metabolism and phosphorylations was the author's chosen field of research for over forty years.


Preface; 1. Bringing muscles into focus: the first two millennia; 2. Muscle metabolism after the Chemical Revolution; 3. the relationship between mechanical events, heat production and metabolism; 4. The influence of brewing science on the study of muscle glycolysis; 5. The discovery of phosphagen and adenosinetriphosphate; 6. Adenosinetriphosphate as fuel and as phosphate-carrier; 7. Early studies of msucle structure and theories of contraction; 8. Interaction of actomyosin and ATP; 9. Some theories of contraction mechanism; 10. On myosin, actin and tropomyoson; 11. The sliding mechanism; 12. How does the sliding mechanism work?; 13. Excitation, excitation-contraction coupling and relaxation; 14. Happenings in intact muscle; 15. Rigor and the chemical; changes responsible for its onset; 16. Respiration; 17. Oxidative phosphorylation; 18. The regulation of carbohydrate metabolism for energy supply to the muscle machine; 19. A comparative study of the striated muscle of vertebrates; 20. Enzymic and other effects of denervation, cross-innervation and repeated stimulation; 21. some aspects of muscle disease; 22. Contraction in muscles of invertebrates; 23. Vertebrate smooth muscle; 24. Energy provision and contactile proteins in non-muscular functions; References.

Customer Reviews

By: Dorothy M Needham
Current promotions
British Wildlifefaber-independent-allianceNest Box Price List 2020Order your free copy of our 2020 equipment catalogue