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 t An illuminating, entertaining tour of the physical imperfections that make us human We humans like to think ...

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Title:Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
Author:Nathan H. Lents
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Genres:Science
ISBN:B07432D5GB
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:255 pages pages

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

  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    May 11, 2018
    [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 would probably warrant a book of its own), and although I wish there had been more ...
  • Book Him Danno
    Mar 15, 2018
    Thank you to netgalley for the advance copy of Human Errors for an honesty review. Human Erros by Nathan H. Lent is the biology book I wish I had head in school. The authors makes human biology fun, humors and fun. Several quote that stuck with me because of cancer in the family. ?...
  • rabbitprincess
    Oct 06, 2018
    3.5 ...
  • Kate
    May 07, 2018
    Anyone who knows me (or follows me on Instagram) knows I'm obsessed with anatomy (and by extension to a lesser extent, physiology). It borders on pathological. I have anatomical charts and skulls as decoration all over my apartment, and an entire bookshelf devoted to various anatomy te...
  • Monique
    May 04, 2018
    Review written: May 4, 2018 Star Rating: ???? Heat Rating: N/A An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. Human Errors got burned badly by expectations. When I saw the title and blurb on Netgalley, it suggested ...
  • Rachel Noel
    Feb 18, 2018
    *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. A...
  • Jenn "JR"
    May 20, 2018
    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, and sinuses that drain the wrong way -- along with explanations of how they came to ...
  • Angie Boyter
    Mar 29, 2018
    Definitely 3+. 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 ...
  • Christina Dudley
    Jan 31, 2018
    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 adaptation to walking upright? Extra bones? Broken-down Vitamin C production? The flaws...
  • Courtney Smith Atkins
    Sep 18, 2018
    This was a spur of the moment find at the library. There is such good information here in an easy to understood narrative. Good chapters on the reproductive system, peanut allergies and auto immune disorders. I recommend. ...
  • Basma
    Apr 11, 2018
    This book was an okay read. I think the main reason this book gets a lower rating is because even though it's quite interesting I personally wasn't convinced by the reasonings.. The main premise of this book is discussing the "design flaws" as the author calls them that are in our b...
  • Jeanette Blain
    Jun 15, 2018
    Our bodies are amazing. Even more so given the impersonal and imperfect processes of evolution. It's interesting to read how we came to be stuck with some unfortunate limitations, yet still, dominate as a species. For a book about science facts, Human Errors shines in that it's not su...
  • Mandy
    Jun 08, 2018
    According to Nathan Lents human evolution has led to a whole catalogue of ?errors? in the human body and he claims that in many ways we are badly designed - from faulty knees that can?t cope with us walking upright to genetic mutations that lead to many conditions and disabilitie...
  • Rebecca
    May 18, 2018
    (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 categories: adaptations to the way the world was for early humans (to take advantage of ...
  • Dan
    Nov 04, 2018
    Fun book, covering lots of unusual quirks or inefficient systems in the human body ...
  • Jiny S
    Sep 05, 2018
    This book can be best described in three parts: anatomy, genetics, and psychology. Right from the start, reading the first few pages on the errors of human anatomy got me hooked. Learning about how the human eye is backwards, how our mucus has to travel upwards (its inefficiency and...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Apr 29, 2018
    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 als...
  • Steve
    Feb 06, 2018
    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...
  • Phil Smith
    Apr 28, 2018
    Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes by Nathan Lents admits from the get-go that there are more than enough books about how great and wondrous the human body is. Lents takes a whole different tack: how human bodies have huge design flaws, from ...
  • Olga Miret
    Jun 07, 2018
    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. ...
  • Kate Vane
    Jul 09, 2018
    Evolution does not mean we are continually moving towards perfection. Mutations happen by chance, and they may or may not be good for us. If they don?t kill us and if they don?t stop us reproducing, they stick around. Human Errors details some of these ?errors? and includes ...
  • David Wineberg
    Feb 05, 2018
    To Err is Human Human 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 to pointless bones, overtaxed muscles, meandering nerves and backward designs, th...
  • Michelle
    May 29, 2018
    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 physiology to the masses. Since the beginning of time we humans have been in awe of ourselves...
  • Marriah
    Aug 11, 2018
    This book aims to explain a bunch of rather complex concepts not only in layman's terms but also in an interesting way and it definitely succeeds. There are so many ways that humans, as a system, are broken or just ill-designed. While Lents admits his book doesn't cover every single fl...
  • Lou
    May 25, 2018
    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 medical element to them and this sounded as though it would be incredibly interesting with...
  • Anders Rasmussen
    Sep 14, 2018
    Man was created by God. We are his perfect creation. Our perfection is evident in every detail of our design. Right? If you believe this, then you first need to Google Charles Darwin and evolution. Second, you need to take another look at the human body. Because we are full of defe...
  • Cindy Lauren
    Mar 06, 2018
    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 and the writing is entertaining. It's helpful to know, fascinating to learn and fu...
  • Amarelys
    Nov 08, 2018
    A solid 4 for accessible vulgarisation of biology and medicine. My last biology class was a little over 10 years ago, and apart from binge-watching House and Grey's Anatomy, I haven't kept up with the subject, but I learned a lot of interesting trivia that you will probably hear me rep...
  • Richard
    Oct 03, 2018
    We all know that the human body is not perfect. Any of us who wear glasses, get the flu, fall and land on our coccyx, take vitamins, or try to lose weight knows this first hand. In this book, Nathan Lents gives us a lot of scientific information about human development, how human sy...
  • Janice
    Jun 21, 2018
    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 inf...