An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections that make us human We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are supposedly evolutions greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so oftentwo hundred times more often than a dog does?How come our wrists have so many useless bones? Why is the vast majority of our genetic code pointless? And are we really supposed to swallow and breathe through the same narrow tube? Surely theres been some kind of mistake. Asprofessor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains inHuman Errors, our evolutionary history is nothing if not a litany of mistakes, each more entertaining and enlightening than the last. The human body is one big pile of compromises. But that is also a testament to our greatness: as Lents shows, humans have so many design flaws precisely because we are very, very good at getting around them. A rollicking, deeply informativetour of humans four billion year long evolutionary saga,Human Errorsboth celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success....
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Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes Reviews
*Book provided via NetGalley for an honest review.
This book is clearly meant for lay people like myself. It is written at an accessible level and has plenty of humor to make the reading engaging. If my high school biology class had used this book, I would have learned a lot more. As it is, I feel a lot more informed about human anatomy than I used to be. From the structure of our eyes to the interconnections of the bones in our ankles and wrists. This is a very educational book that keeps your i ...more
I received a free Kindle copy of Human Errors by Nathan H. Lents courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as the desription sounded fascinating. It is the first book by Nathan H. Lents that I have read.
This book is a very good read. T ...more
Caveat: for a book that’s supposed to be for lay people, it’s pretty detailed. I liked that for the most interesting topics to me (e.g. autoimmune diseases), but less so for some other topics.
The book does live up to its title. And it brought up a memory from some time ago. Back in the 70’s, someone gave me an article to read from Christianity Today magazine which then, and still seems to be, THE evangelical magazine.
The article was written by a surgeon and titled “Fearfully and Wonderfully Ma ...more
Fun book about what can go wrong in the human body
If you are wondering how a book can be fun when discussing something morbid, you should read this book. Nathan Lents describes several built-in flaws in the human body, based on natural selection, where a change doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be a little better than what was there before. This can lead to all sorts of havoc, which Lents discusses in an enjoyable and clear way. His tone is conversational and he uses humor to good effect. ...more
Facts, anecdotes, some opinions, and a very engaging way of learning about the human body. Thanks to NetGalley and to the publishers (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
When I saw this book on offer, I could not resist. I studied Medicine and have been fascinated by Biology and the Natural Sciences for ages. I have also thought and often commented on our (mostly mine, but yes, most of the issues are general, not exclusive to me) fla ...more
The science behind our bodies’ imperfections
No thinking person can escape awe at the wonders of the human body and how smoothly it works(most of the time), coordinating so many parts, from muscles to neurons to blood cells, to produce our minds, our skills, and our physical achievements. You have probably heard this theme before, so in Human Errors biology professor Nathan Lents delves into the other side of the human body: the parts that do not work as well as we might have hoped ...more
A humorous and yet well-researched book on the myriad of foibles and design flaws of the human body. Believe me, as a person gets further along in years it becomes more and more obvious that the human body has inherent flaws. I enjoyed the author’s writing style very much. It was informative but not too dry or academic. A good and worthwhile read for sure.
My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for my honest review.
There were definitely some very interesting things in this book that were fun to read about (esp. the sinuses, the eye, some of the genetic stuff - though I'm definitely on the other side of the Encode discussion). I agree with those who mentioned that the Epilogue didn't really fit with the rest of the book. I felt that if it was just a few pages, it would've been ok, but as it was actually a pretty lengthy discussion, it veered the book into territory that I felt was not in line with the rest ...more