How to Grow a Human: Adventures in Who We are and How We are Made [Kõva köide]

  • Formaat: Hardback, 384 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 240x159x35 mm, kaal: 610 g
  • Ilmumisaeg: 20-May-2019
  • Kirjastus: William Collins
  • ISBN-10: 0008331774
  • ISBN-13: 9780008331771
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  • Formaat: Hardback, 384 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 240x159x35 mm, kaal: 610 g
  • Ilmumisaeg: 20-May-2019
  • Kirjastus: William Collins
  • ISBN-10: 0008331774
  • ISBN-13: 9780008331771
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A cutting-edge examination of what it means to be human and to have a 'self' in the face of new scientific developments in genetic editing, cloning and neural downloading. After seeing his own cells used to grow clumps of new neurons - essentially mini-brains - Philip Ball begins to examine the concepts of identity and consciousness. Delving into humanity's deep evolutionary past to look at how complex creatures like us emerged from single-celled life, he offers a new perspective on how humans think about ourselves. In an age when we are increasingly encouraged to regard the 'self' as an abstract sequence of genetic information, or as a pattern of neural activity that might be 'downloaded' to a computer, he return us to the body - to flesh and blood - and anchors a conception of personhood in this unique and ephemeral mortal coil. How to Build a Human brings us back to ourselves - but in doing so, it challenges old preconceptions and values. It asks us to rethink how we exist in the world.


Praise for How to Grow a Human `This is a deeply engaging crash course. Ball's description of cellular organelles and their functions, in particular, is an impressive feat. And his sense of wonder at biological processes is palpable: passages on the intricacies of cell plasticity had me (with my doctorate in molecular biology) exclaiming, "That is incredible!"' Nature Praise for Philip Ball 'Ball's book towers above the competition with its erudition, balance, and attention to detail... This is the most accessible, comprehensive, and provocative investigation of the science of music - and its limits - yet to be written.' Globe and Mail 'Excellent, smartly written' Financial Times `Ball is an exceptionally talented writer who manages to combine accessibility and thoroughness in razor-sharp prose' Physics World 'Lucid and impressive' Prospect

Prologue vii
Introduction: My Brain in a Dish 1(9)
Chapter 1 Pieces of Life Cells past and present
Chapter 2 Body Building Growing humans the old-fashioned way
First Interlude The Human Superorganism How cells became communities
Chapter 3 Immortal Flesh How tissues were grown outside the body
Second Interlude Heroes and Villains Cancer, immunity and our cellular ecosystem
Chapter 4 Twists of Fate How to reprogramme a cell
Chapter 5 The Spare Parts Factory Making tissues and organs from reprogrammed cells
Chapter 6 Flesh of My Flesh Questioning the future of sex and reproduction
Chapter 7 Hideous Progeny? The futures of growing humans
Third Interlude Philosophy of the Lonely Mind Can a brain exist in a dish?
Chapter 8 Return of the Meatware Coming to terms with our fleshy selves
Acknowledgements 331(2)
Endnotes 333(8)
Bibliography 341(14)
Picture Credits 355(2)
Index 357
Philip Ball is widely recognised as a leading communicator of the relationships between science and the wider culture. For example, his book The Music Instinct (2010), a survey of the cognitive understanding of music, became a bestseller and was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction. Philip's most recent book, The Water Kingdom (2016), was selected as a Book of the Year by the Times and the Economist. He received the Editorial Intelligence Comment Award for Best Science Commentator in 2015 and again in 2017. Philip writes regularly on all areas of science in both popular and technical outlets. For many years he was an editor for Nature, to which he still contributes regularly. He has featured on many national and international radio and television programmes, and he is a presenter of the science history series Science Stories on BBC Radio 4.