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The greatest mystery of life is how a single fertilized egg develops into a fully functioning, sometimes conscious multicellular organism. Embryogenesis Explained offers a new theory of how embryos build themselves, and combines simple physics with the most recent biochemical and genetic breakthroughs, based on the authors’ prediction and then discovery of differentiation waves. They explain their ideas in a form accessible to the lay person and a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers. The diverse subjects of development, genetics and evolution, and their physics, are brought together to explain this major, previously unanswered scientific question of our time.

As a follow up on The Hierarchical Genome, this book is a shorter but conceptually expanded work for the reader who is interested in science. It is useful as a starting point for the curious layman or the scientist or professional encountering the problem of embryogenesis without the formal biology background. There is also material useful for the seasoned biologist caught up in the new rush of information about the role of mechanics in developmental biology and cellular level mechanics in medicine.

Embryogenesis Explained is a followup book to Dick’s book The Hierarchical Genome and Differentiation Waves: Novel Unification of Development, Genetics and Evolution. Hierarchical Genome is a broad and somewhat technical exploration of how differentiation waves can explain and unify many puzzling aspects of genetics, embryology and evolution.

Gordon1999 HGDW front cover

As a follow up on The Hierarchical Genome, this book is a shorter but conceptually expanded work for the reader who is interested in science. It should be useful as a starting point for the curious layman or the scientist or professional encountering the problem of embryogenesis without the formal biology background. There is also material for the seasoned biologist caught up in the new rush of information about the role of mechanics in developmental biology and cellular level mechanics in medicine.

Dick and Natalie decided to write a popular, updated version of The Hierarchical Genome which they called Embryogenesis Explained. The book grew out of lectures they were giving in the course they hosted in Second Life by the same name. Natalie gave a series of lectures in the course trying to bring The Hierarchical Genome to an audience of scientists with no background in biology. The course is now an official “for credit” graduate course with Wayne State University in Detroit. The book that grew out of the course is now finished and went to the publisher October 24, 2015. It will be published by World Scientific Publishing in 2016.

Contents of Embryogenesis Explained

Chapter 1: How Embryogenesis Began in Evolution

Chapter 2: Developmental Anatomy of the Axolotl

Chapter 3: Developmental Genetics: A Flying Tour

Chapter 4: Epigenetics: Higher Order Gene Control

Chapter 5: The Cytoskeleton

Chapter 6: The Cell State Splitter and Differentiation Waves

Chapter 7: The Differentiation Tree and the Fate Map

Chapter 8: Signal Transduction from the Cell State Splitter to the Nucleus

Chapter 9: The Nuclear State Splitter

Chapter 10: Irritable Protoplasm: Forerunners of Differentiation Waves

Chapter 11: Why Evolution is Progressive

Chapter 12: Wholeness and the Implicate Embryo: Embryogenesis as Self-Construction of the Observer

Dick's Class in SL_001

A lecture held in Datana, Second Life

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