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.
©2014 Jamie A. Davies (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I would recommend the text of the book, but not the narrator.
Morphogenesis is utterly fascinating. This book is aimed at laypeople, but it goes into great detail.
The performer should completely stop paying attention to pronunciation. I'm guessing that Napoleon Ryan was trying hard to use received pronunciation, and for this reason he was not paying much attention to Jamie Davies's line of thought. Received pronunciation adds exactly nothing to a book like this. In the future, please just read the book using whatever accent you feel most comfortable with, or just stop focusing on accents altogether.
Pronunciation is nowhere near as important as a passion for what is being said.
No matter who you are, your most beautiful accent is the one you use every day, when you are not thinking about accents. When narrating, use that one!
The biological details are immensely fascinating. However, it is very hard to pay attention to the text because Ryan's pronunciation is so distracting.
If you like reading books before bedtime, this book is nearly perfect, because it's impossible to read it without your mind drifting off.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science; chemistry; evolution; or life
This book provided some new insight into the miraculous development of life and the concept of 'Self-Assembly' was captivating
FYI -- I listed to the first three chapters almost a half-dozen times just so that I could take notes-
Say something about yourself!
This book really details how our life and everyone of us started and developed into ourselves. From conception to a body that lives and adjusts itself along the way.
Yes, a fantastic examination and presentation on the subject.
The interrelationships of geometry and chemistry in the formation of the embryo.
I really enjoyed the narration. I would consider Ryan for a comparable video production's narration. I don't care for the popular Ira Glassian style.
Great book! In much detail (which surprisingly is not extremely technical or boring) the books describes what it promises: How human body creates itself. This has been the most understandable and convincing account, helping me understand how this complexity can be created without a creator.
He just does his part OK
No, I'd rather think in between the listenings. Great book!
James V. Kohl
No consideration for the role of viruses in controlled cell type differentiation. Recommended for theorists but not for serious scientists.
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.
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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