Embryogenesis is an unusual book in that it brings together a highly illustrated, practical embryology book in simple language, perfect for health practitioners, with a fascinating read on the history and philosophy of biological science. It discusses the various stages of embryonic development (meiosis, fertilization, blastula development, and gastrulation, and then the embryology of each of the human organs and organ systems in detail). It puts each of them in context, both in terms of its phylogeny: the evolutionary trajectory of cell-organized systems on Earth, and its ontogeny: the formation of individual organisms in the modern world.
There are 24 color plates, many of them commissioned uniquely for this volume, and several hundred black and white illustrations. The book is 950 pages hardcover, 8-1/2 by 10.
The Original Earth;
The Materials of Life;
The First Beings;
The Genetic Code;
Sperm and Egg;
Chaos, Fractals, and Deep Structure;
Ontogeny and Phylogeny; and Biotechnology.
The Origin of the Nervous System;
The Evolution of Intelligence;
Neurulation and the Human Brain;
The Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Systems;
The Origin of Sexuality and Gender.
Transsexuality, Intersexuality, and the Cultural Basis of Gender;
Self and Desire;
Cosmogenesis and Mortality
About Richard Grossinger
Since the issuing of Solar Journal: Oecological Sections by Black Sparrow Press in 1970, Richard Grossinger (richardgrossinger.com) has published some 35 books, most of them with his own press, North Atlantic Books, but also titles with Harper, Doubleday, Sierra Club Books, and J. P. Tarcher, among others. These have ranged from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (The Night Sky, Planet Medicine, Embryogenesis) to memoirs and nonfiction novels (New Moon, Out of Babylon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky, Spaces Wild and Tame) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and lives with his wife Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California.
"In this work Richard Grossinger has singlehandedly deconstructed and spiritualized embryogenesis."
—David Ulansey, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies
"For all his genius in putting together a context, for bringing into one field science and imagination, it is [Grossinger's] own work that remains most amazing...Pound, at most, in The Cantos had proposed a poem that contained history. Olson went further: the poetic was the primary knowledge from which the truth of history must spring; only the mythopoetic could reach the heart of the matter. In Grossinger the old arguments of these poets, men in transition, battering often at the walls of old institutions of mind that they might have let go, the old polemics are gone, or rather swept up in a new order."
—Robert Duncan, Author of Roots and Branches and The Opening of the Field
"Richard Grossinger has achieved a poetic scholarship that dazzles with its sensual nuance of unfolding life. Grossinger's vivid writing creates an awe-inspiring odyssey that goes beyond the act of reading. Embryogenesis should be introduced to young readers as an essential part of their educational programs."
—Emilie Conrad, Founder of Continuum