Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself

Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself

Jamie A Davies / Jun 01, 2020
Life Unfolding How the Human Body Creates Itself 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 lear
  • Title: Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself
  • Author: Jamie A Davies
  • ISBN: 9780199673537
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 somethingWhere 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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    1. I continue to be amazed by what science pretends to understand Outside of mathematics and physics, predictions beyond the trivial are scarce and mere descriptions abound Materialists say that everything biology included boils down to physics and chemistry, but even chemistry is largely descriptive The physical properties of any new compound its boiling and crystalization points, for example can rarely be predicted with any accuracy from its chemical composition You just heat it and cool it and t [...]

    2. Well, now I feel silly that I didn t read this before my human biology exam It describes, in very careful detail, how the human body builds itself, beginning at the point an egg is fertilised It explains processes like cell division and gastrulation, and generally manages to make the whole complex process comprehensible Davies doesn t get hung up on quantum biology or how consciousness is generated, but instead focuses on the physical processes by which the human body grows.You may not find this [...]

    3. Human life is not a miracle A system of such complexity that we don t yet understand it does not mean that system is miraculous It s just really complex.We live in a time where we are starting to understand complex systems We have the computing tools, the intellectual frameworks from information and complexity sciences , and in this case the biological tools to start making sense of these intricate systems we can t understand fully Life Unfolding presents a communications centered view of human [...]

    4. A brilliant book It manages to explain a very complicated process of develpment of the embroy by focusing on the fundamental mechanisms In particular it makes clear the fact that all forces working during development are in a certain sense local, that is, there is no overarching direction or plan Every cell is doing what is natural for it at that specific place given its internal and external context.A most important point that the book brings across is that the phrase gene X is responsible for [...]

    5. In 1948 Hungarian American mathematician and polymath John von Neumann wondered how biology with reproducing organisms is possible He devised a mathematical concept called a cellular automaton a grid consisting of cells, each in one of a fixed number of discrete states, capable of going to a new state depending on its previous state and those of each neighbors, and described a self reproducing automaton In real life, the adult human body has about 200 types of cells organized in tissues and orga [...]

    6. This book is great It s about embryology The reader will learn in great detail about the genes which govern cell growth in different animals Like other aspects of biology much of the knowledge comes from what we learn when diseases cause development to go wrong There s also a lot to learn from modern genetics though we re still in the middle of this particular scientific revolution Cataloging the genes is only the first step towards understanding how the human body creates itself.

    7. Great book in general that provides overview picture about organism creation, based on adaptive cell communication To me it was interesting to dig into some patterns that can be applicable to systems design, but here author provided just rough strokes, without many details, thus 4.5 5.

    8. Davies does a great job telling the events of human development as the story of how bodies build themselves The structure of the book is to go each chapter through an important stage of development or a particular part of the body, in chronological order You really get a sense of how a striking feature of developmental mechanisms is the way they are nested, building on each other as the body builds itself Partway through the book, I would have given it 3 stars, since some of the middle chapters [...]

    9. A delightfully written book that caters to a wide unspecialised audience you can skip some geeky bits without loosing the whole sense of the work who wants to learn a little about the mutlidisciplinary science approach to thr understanding of life how it begins and how it continues to grow and specialise while it is ALREADY functioning The general theme is about the how in self adaptive systems There are plenty and honestly open questions, but this makes its reading all the pleasurable.

    10. Uma tima revis o de embriog nese Leve, sem muitos nomes complicados, bem integrativa O autor entende demais do assunto e sempre explica os fen menos atrav s de princ pios, em que contexto acontecem e com consequ ncias Quando fala por exemplo sobre sistema circulat rio, explica como os vasos se formam, a que sinal respondem, como entendem que parte do corpo precisa de mais sangue e depois como tus conseguem recrutar isso Excelente balan o entre profundidade no assunto e leveza de escrita.

    11. This account of how we came into this world will certainly suspend the interested reader in deep awe The first major breaking of symmetry using simple mechanical mechanism is truly breathtaking Symmetry has to be broken in order for cells to differentiate and specialize Then, through an unfathomably complicated network of signaling and feedback loops, complex structures develop This decentralized system is robust, can adapt to the milieu, and can intrinsically rectify errors Life is surely a mir [...]

    12. Reading this as a 17 year old it was ambitious and challenging, nevertheless I still throughly enjoyed it and would recommend to people interested in human biology since the concepts can be applied to many areas A tough read but I learnt so many new things and hoping to study this area of embryonic development later in life.

    13. Goes into some of the serious details of embryonic development without getting lost in the thickets and without needing to resort to the mysto hand waving that is so common in popular science these days Probably not a good first book on the subject.

    14. In depth narrative on how we grow from a single fertilized cell to a new born baby Great if you want a crash course in Embryology.

    15. Development presented in an interesting and understandable way This was a topic I never studied in school, but I found it fascinating.

    16. I got interested in embryology development as I heard a computer scientist talk about how crazy it is that a 725 MB program our genome can produce such complexity us Our engineering skills are just no where near this level, the ability to construct fabulously complex systems from simple generating patterns.Thoughts on the book Interesting read, could have been written better Otherwise, here are just a collection of thoughts and notes from the book Jamie seems to beg the question How does the fer [...]

    17. This is not an easy read It covers a lot of biological development processes Starting from a fertilized human egg cell, it covers the growth in the first few months of pregnancy The discussion stops BEFORE the moment that the main organs are formed.This book was first of all a great refresher if my high school level biology Further, I was also able to pick up quite some new insights on what actually occurs during the first phases of embryo development Topics like e.g how cells migrate and develo [...]

    18. Great book I was a little bummed but not surprised when I realized one third of it consists of glossary and references.

    19. Jamie A Davies has done an excellent job in explaining some of the mysteries of how a human life forms and develops through the gestation period and even beyond birth An unfolding journey that begins as a single cell dividing itself over and over, with each layer of replication adding enough complexity and difference to define and guide the following stages Cells, through variances in location to one another, the strength of signalling proteins and mechanical forces, and the influences of the en [...]

    20. This is a book full of wonder for anyone who is into high level cellular and molecular biochemistry Others will find it a tough read and fail to appreciate the amazing way we develop from a tiny fertilized egg cell I especially liked the variety of sources and simple for anyone with a half decent Biology background models Dr Davies used to illustrate the various stages of development we go through He is very clear in establishing the limitations posed on our understanding due to limited work wit [...]

    21. We make ourselves Davis book comes alive in a journey to unfold how we ourselves are created I have always been one to ask too many questions, this literature aims to answer every one on the subject of human development Intriguing, dense but written carefully and clearly, this book is wonderful for any person studying health science or who has a keen curiosity of life.

    22. A fascinating overview of embryology for a layman The author emphasizes the simplicity of each individual process, many of which give rise to the complexity of the human body Even a misanthrope like me was enthralled Many of the details here are not included in general or even advanced biology courses, so a lot was new to me.

    23. A fascinating tour de force through the journey of life, from a single fertilised egg to the trillions of interconnected and a communicating cells that make up human body I can t recommend this book highly enough for anyone who has ever asked themselves where did I come from

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