- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 6, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071FCHCRP
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The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is a scientific (and even sexy) romp through the ages as Ed Dolnick leads us on an informative, witty, page-turning journey through biology, physics and bizarre human inquiry.
Mr. Dolnick deftly manages to steer us through labs, morgues, churches, royal fens and rabbit holes as the leading scientists of the centuries fumble and stumble to win the X Prize of human inception. Down blind alleys, between the sheets, through rudimentary microscopes and at the sides of the greatest thinkers on high, we chase the big question. The author holds the answer close to the vest until the very end. By the time the truth comes, Reconstruction is underway, robber barons are ramping up and baseball's in formation.
The search hopscotches across Europe and through agonizingly slow phases of discovery -- preformation, vital force, ovists v. spermists. Be ready for frustrating misogyny, religious squabbles and painfully hilarious saps of electricity.
I'd have sided with the ovists.