Life Unfolding

  • by Jamie A. Davies
  • Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Where did I come from? Why do I have two arms but just one head? How is my left leg the same size as my right one? Why are the fingerprints of identical twins not identical? How did my brain learn to learn? Why must I die? Questions like these remain biology's deepest and most ancient challenges. They force us to confront a fundamental biological problem: How can something as large and complex as a human body organize itself from the simplicity of a fertilized egg?
A convergence of ideas from embryology, genetics, physics, networks, and control theory has begun to provide real answers. Based on the central principle of "adaptive self-organization", it explains how the interactions of many cells, and of the tiny molecular machines that run them, can organize tissue structures vastly larger than themselves, correcting errors as they go along and creating new layers of complexity where there were none before. Life Unfolding tells the story of human development from egg to adult, from this perspective showing how our whole understanding of how we come to be has been transformed in recent years.
Highlighting how embryological knowledge is being used to understand why bodies age and fail, Jamie A. Davies explores the profound and fascinating impacts of our newfound knowledge.
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Medical professional

Facing retirement soon and working in a different field, I nevertheless enjoyed this thoroughly and will need to listen again. I'm considering buying the hard copy for the illustrations. Will be a boon to the undergraduate and extends ones perspective in what used to be a dull collection of facts and in my day, hard work, especially when you need to wade through an Embryology text book on your own.
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- Pensive old man.

inspiring !

This book is simply breathtaking. Everyone should be made to study this story, so profound are its implications for how we see ourselves. inspiring.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios