Lavers dutifully works through the principle of the `animal engine' -- the ratio by which energy is expended to energy gathered.
Strangely, it is when Lavers stops pointing out fancy features of the animal kingdom that the book gets really interesting.
David Farrow, director of marketing and communications at Aston University, said: "Ralph Lavers was the original torch designer and these panels are from an exhibition which was designed to represent Britain's recovery from the Second World War."
"Aston University is the perfect home for the Ralph Lavers series as we share his optimism about the future, driven by his business renaissance."
CARDIFF-BASED student Jonathan Lavers has his eyes firmly fixed on the Greek island of Rhodes this summer.
But while most of his fellow Uwic students might have booked holidays in the sun, Lavers has his attention fixed on winning medals for his country.
Gibraltar 400m sprinter Lavers will be taking on athletes from the Cayman Islands, Channel Islands and Bermuda in the Island Games sponsored by NatWest Bank.
Two years ago, when the Games were held in the Shetlands, Lavers won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay.
And the foursome are determined to make it gold this time around although Lavers admits it won't be easy.
"We were beaten by Guernsey, a team which included GB international 400m runner Dale Garland," said Lavers.
And Lavers believes he is coming into form at just the right time.