Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 27 On the Digits of the Hand

Why the fingers are unequal 52

Why the fingers are made unequal and the middle one excels the others in length may be gathered from the fact that it is better for the ends of the fingers to attain equality whenever we grasp a mass that is greater in circumference, and when we are trying to hold a liquid or some small object in them. For firmly grasping or holding onto larger objects, or for forcibly propelling or throwing them away, an equal grasp on all sides is most suitable. The five fingers are seen to come together on the circumference of a single circle whenever we surround a perfectly spherical body with them. Moreover, to close the hands completely when our desire is exactly to enclose a small or liquid substance, the inequality of the fingers performs a manifest function, and for this the location of the thumb is in no small way conducive.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 27 On the Digits of the Hand