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Y. C. Fung

Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, Bioengineering, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla CA 92093

Appl. Mech. Rev 38(10), 1251-1255 (Oct 01, 1985) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3143684 History: Online June 12, 2009


Mechanics is as relevant to living organisms as to conventional engineering, and engineers are making contributions to the understanding of physiology, pathology, cell biology, as well as to the establishment of medical, rehabilitation, and genetic engineering industries. Living organisms do have unique features not found in conventional engineering. These features include the ability to grow, change, and reproduce, the process of aging and dying, and the existence of a most intricate system of feedback and control. Mechanics plays a role in all of these topics. Many things are still unknown or not fully understood, or not controllable, and therein lies the attraction of the field.

Copyright © 1985 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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