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4. From the Big Bang to the big brain

4. From the Big Bang to the big brain  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0004
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9780192853929
4. Early evolution of the nervous system Astronomers tell us that our universe began with a bang, in fact a Big Bang. Today in our small corner of this universe, some 14 billion years later, physical entities capable of reflecting on their place in this universe have somehow come to exist. It is safe to assume that brains did not simply spring into existence suddenly from nowhere, but how and by what route were brains created? The answer is that, in common with all other manifestations of life, the brain is the result of the haphazard and perilous process of
4. Communication and control

4. Communication and control  

Leslie Klenerman

in Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191785474
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10.1093/actrade/9780198707370.003.0004
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4. Communication and control
Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction

Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction  

Leslie Klenerman

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191785474
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10.1093/actrade/9780198707370.001.0001
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9780198707370
A Very Short Introduction
1. Thinking about the brain

1. Thinking about the brain  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0001
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9780192853929
1. Thinking about the brain Think for a few moments about a very special machine, your brain – an organ of just 1.2 kg, containing one hundred billion nerve cells, none of which alone has any idea who or what you are. In fact the very idea that a cell can have an idea seems silly. A single cell after all is far too simple an entity. However, conscious awareness of one’s self comes from just that: nerve cells communicating with one another by a hundred trillion interconnections. When you think about it this is a deeply puzzling fact of
8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus

8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778049
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0008
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8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus
9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates

9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778049
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0009
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9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates
5. The bilaterians: building a body

5. The bilaterians: building a body  

Peter Holland

in The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778049
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10.1093/actrade/9780199593217.003.0005
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5. The bilaterians: building a body
10. Regeneration

10. Regeneration  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778100
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0011
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9780199601196
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5. Anaesthetic drugs and fluids

5. Anaesthetic drugs and fluids  

Aidan O’Donnell

in Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777868
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10.1093/actrade/9780199584543.003.0005
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5. Anaesthetic drugs and fluids
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

The Brain: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael O'Shea

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776496
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.001.0001
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9780192853929
A Very Short Introduction

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