[ book ] Human Errors

October 19, 2018


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

Nathan H. Lents

Rating: 3 / 5

Biology professor Nathan Lents is an expert in his field, and in his latest book Human Errors he surveys the defects in the human body. 

He approaches the complex topics with light-heartedness and with a gift for conveying scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand way. However, the book can be quite repetitive and long-winded, which becomes tedious at times. 

There is an element of humour to Lents’ writing, but targeting the human body for a joke won’t be to everyone’s taste. The same can be said for Lents’ scientific view about how humans came to be here.

But while discussing all the negatives of the human body might sound pessimistic, there is a positive side to what Lents is sharing. Ultimately he is detailing how resilient and adaptable humans are, and how humans rise to challenges time after time, even if it is at the most basic level.



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