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Cells to Civilizations : The Principles of Change That Shape Life / Enrico Coen.

Author/Creator:
Coen, Enrico author.
Edition:
Course Book
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2012]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 20 color illus. 81 halftones. 9 line illus.
Subjects:
Developmental biology.
Evolution (Biology).
Learning.
Life (Biology).
Social change.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
Cells to Civilizations is the first unified account of how life transforms itself--from the production of bacteria to the emergence of complex civilizations. What are the connections between evolving microbes, an egg that develops into an infant, and a child who learns to walk and talk? Award-winning scientist Enrico Coen synthesizes the growth of living systems and creative processes, and he reveals that the four great life transformations--evolution, development, learning, and human culture--while typically understood separately, actually all revolve around shared core principles and manifest the same fundamental recipe. Coen blends provocative discussion, the latest scientific research, and colorful examples to demonstrate the links between these critical stages in the history of life. Coen tells a story rich with genes, embryos, neurons, and fascinating discoveries. He examines the development of the zebra, the adaptations of seaweed, the cave paintings of Lascaux, and the formulations of Alan Turing. He explores how dogs make predictions, how weeds tell the time of day, and how our brains distinguish a Modigliani from a Rembrandt. Locating commonalities in important findings, Coen gives readers a deeper understanding of key transformations and provides a bold portrait for how science both frames and is framed by human culture. A compelling investigation into the relationships between our biological past and cultural progress, Cells to Civilizations presents a remarkable story of living change.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
INTRODUCTION. A Recipe for Change
ONE. Loops and Lotteries
TWO. From Genes to Ecosystems
THREE. Conversations of an Embryo
FOUR. Completing the Picture
FIVE. History in the Making
SIX. Humble Responses
SEVEN. The Neural Sibyl
EIGHT. Learning through Action
NINE. Seeing As
TEN. Framing Recipes
ELEVEN. The Crucible of Culture
TWELVE. The Grand Cycle
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Illustration Credits
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781400841653
OCLC:
979954413
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400841653 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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