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Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes - Nathan H. Lents
Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
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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... show more
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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Format: kindle
ASIN: B07432D5GB
Pages no: 255
Edition language: English
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Non Fiction, Science
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Just Olga and her books
Just Olga and her books rated it
4.0 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 ...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it
4.0 Human Errors
[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 developed explanatio...
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