Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

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 evolution’s greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so often—two 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 there’s been some kind of mistake.

As professor of biology Nathan H. Lents explains in Human 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 informative tour of humans’ four billion year long evolutionary saga, Human Errors both celebrates our imperfections and offers an unconventional accounting of the cost of our success.

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About Nathan H. Lents

Nathan H. Lents is professor of biology and director of the Honors College at John Jay College of the City University of New York.


    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes Reviews

  • Lou

    I came across this on NetGalley but as it had already been published I decided to purchase a copy for myself as I haven't bought a medical text for a few months. I am always drawn to books with a medi...

  • Rebecca Foster

    (3.5) Lents is a biology professor at John Jay College, City University of New York, and in this, his second book, he explores the ways in which the human body is flawed. These errors come in three ca...

  • Jenn

    I really enjoyed the first half to two thirds of this book -- it was a straight forward, conversational and highly accessible discussion of quirks of evolution such as human vision, overly long nerves...

  • Christina Dudley

    I tore through this fun and fascinating look at human flaws, both physiological and mental, especially enjoying the physiological, since it was almost wholly new to me. Backwards retinas? Incomplete a...

  • Cindy Lauren

    Really enjoyed this book- it answered lots of questions that I had about why certain things about the human body and how it operates, some things that simply don't make sense.The research is thorough ...

  • David Wineberg

    To Err is HumanHuman Errors is a page-turner of a biology book. Nathan Lents focuses on mistakes, redundancies and weaknesses that make life a constant gamble for humans. From genetic code destruction...

  • Olga Miret

    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 t...

  • Michelle

    From bad knees to backward retinas to autoimmune disease and the uptick in peanut allergies, Professor Nathan Lents' book Human Errors is told in a conversational tone that brings anatomy and physiol...

  • Rachel Noel

    *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 m...

  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]I found this to be both an informative and entertaining read. While the author doesn’t delve very deep into details (each subject in each chapter w...