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

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$27.00
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
6.2 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781328974693

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About the Author

NATHAN H. LENTS is a professor of biology at John Jay College at CUNY and is the author of Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals. He has appeared as a scientific expert in national media, including The Today Show, NPR, Access Hollywood, 48 Hours, and Al Jazeera America.

Reviews

"A funny, fascinating catalog of our collective shortcomings that's tough to put down."
--Discover

"An entertaining and enlightening guide to human imperfections."
--Financial Times

"The author's offbeat view of human evolution makes for lively reading and invites readers to think deeply."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Wildly entertaining."
--Bustle.com

"Nobody will see their body in the same way again."
--Daily Express

"In Human Errors, Nathan Lents explores our biological imperfections with style, wit, and life-affirming insight. You'll finish it with new appreciation for those human failings that, in so many surprising ways, helped shape our remarkable species."
--Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Poisoner's Handbook

"A fantastic voyage through the human body"
--The Australian

"Anybody with a slipped disk knows humans are not very intelligently designed, but most of us are unaware of the extent of our imperfections. Nathan Lents fills in the gaps in Human Errors, an insightful and entertaining romp through the myriad ways in which the human body falls short of an engineering ideal--and the often surprising reasons why."
--Ian Tattersall, author of Masters of the Planet and The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution

"Anyone who has aged without perfect grace can attest to the laundry list of imperfections so thoroughly and engagingly considered by Nathan Lents in Human Errors. This is the best book I've read on how poorly designed our bodies are. I learned something new on every page."
--Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine and New York Times best-selling author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain

"Human Errors is outstanding, scholarly yet entertaining. Perhaps inadvertently, this funny book argues that if there is an intelligent designer, he is comically hopeless."
--Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

"[An] engaging read that places our foibles within a larger evolutionary context."
--Massive Science