• Life Unfolding

  • How the Human Body Creates Itself
  • By: Jamie A. Davies
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.3 (90 ratings)

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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.
©2014 Jamie A. Davies (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Thomas on 07-12-15

Finally Some Explanation For Protein Evolution

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science; chemistry; evolution; or life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book provided some new insight into the miraculous development of life and the concept of 'Self-Assembly' was captivating

Any additional comments?

FYI -- I listed to the first three chapters almost a half-dozen times just so that I could take notes-

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By Mr on 12-09-16


A clear culmination of the knowledge and principles behind our understanding of embryology and biology in general. Easily understood by anyone with an amatuer grounding in biology, but go slow on the heavy parts, if you miss something you'll miss the foundations for later concepts. Well worth the time to take it in.

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By Pensive old man. on 10-27-16

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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By Pen Name on 09-02-15

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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By Heinrich Ferreira on 03-24-16


I just loved it. The most complete explanation of human and cell development I have ever heard!

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