Physics of Human Evolution

Biophysics and blood as the agent of change
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A simple framework to re-cast thoughts on human evolution


  • ● There are 21 lectures, split into four sections, that step through the logical development the model and its application. Each lecture is only a few minutes long. The total course length is approximately 60 minutes. It can be taken in one sitting or at your own pace.
  • ● In the course, animated and physical models are used to demonstrate key mechanisms in the translation of form and these can be easily reproduced by students after the course if desired


This course addresses evolution of the circulation from fish to man.  In taking this course, you will gain an insight into a mechanical model that maps evolution of the human circulation from fish and that you can use for your own further observation and discovery

There are 21 lectures, split into four sections. Each lecture is only a few minutes long, the entire course less than 60 minutes. It can be taken in one sitting or at your own pace.

In the course, animated and physical models are used to demonstrate key concepts and mechanisms in the anatomic translation. These models can be easily reproduced after the course if desired

There are some details in the latter part of the course for those with more detailed knowledge of human embryology and anatomy. This level of knowledge is not a pre-requisite for taking this course or understanding its general content, but it does serve to validate the bio-physical model. 



Who this course is for:

  • ● This course is best suited to those with an interest in biology in general or in evolution or embryology particularly
  • ● This course is not well suited to didactic learners or those without any knowledge of basic sciences


Cardiogenesis and congenital heart disease
William S. Peters MD
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Dr William Peters is an inventor, author and doctor based in Auckland, New Zealand. He completed a basic medical degree at  Otago University, 1989 and a Doctorate in Medicine at Monash, 2002.

Dr Peters has over 30 years experience in clinical and preclinical research, covering surgical correction of congenital and acquired heart diseases, heart and lung transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

Dr Peters invented and developed dozens of devices and methods to allow key-hole cardiac surgery. This technology is used in hospitals across the world. Dr Peters also invented and developed an implantable non-blood contacting heart assist device for treatment of chronic heart failure and mentored first-in-man surgeries in Australia, USA, Canada, Germany and England. 

In 2015, Dr Peters published his first book, 'Per Sanguinem Nostrum'. This book details blood as the agent of evolutionary change.  A thesis was subsequently peer reviewed and published in Human Genetics and Embryology in 2017 (click on the 'globe' icon). 

Dr Peters most recently held a fellowship position in paediatric and congenital cardiac surgery at Starship Hospital, Auckland and was previously the inaugural clinical research fellow in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery at Stanford University, California.

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