Friday, November 17, 2006

on accuracy

Someone with a sharper scientific eye than me pointed out today that Primo Levi makes some rather obvious mistakes about photosynthesis in Carbon, probably the most celebrated chapter of The Periodic Table.

This doesn't detract from his poetic style. But does it weaken the claim that it deserves to be regarded as the best science book ever? I think so.


Blogger PD Smith said...

Am I the only pedant who's intrigued to know what the errors are?

4:29 AM  
Blogger Jon Turney said...

You'll have to find them!

2:24 AM  

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