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The Science of Walking: Investigations into Locomotion in the Long Nineteenth Century

Andreas Mayer


Walking seems to be a familiar activity that we execute daily without much reflection. Since the late eighteenth century, human locomotion became increasingly the object of scientific theories and experiments which sought to measure, analyze, and change the gait of various populations. Considered to be an elusive, recalcitrant and even mysterious act, walking posed a challenge to many sciences, including anthropology, physiology, neurology, and orthopedics. This book charts the rise of scientific endeavors to control and codify locomotion, analyzing their social, political and aesthetic ramifi ... More

Keywords: locomotion, physiology, walking, photography, anthropology, neurology, nineteenth century, physiognomy, observation, experiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226328355
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226352480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Mayer, author
Centre Alexandre Koyré / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales