Friday, February 6, 2009

Fact faux pas

I'm reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I almost stopped reading it because of a blatant error.

The book says LDL Cholesterol is the good cholesterol. Nope, it's HDL. Just type LDL Cholesterol into google and all of the sites say it is the "bad" cholesterol.

It made me question the credibility of the book. It is filled with foodish facts and figues that amazed me. What other facts are wrong?

Has this ever happened to you? What do errors like this make you do or want to do?


Ronnica said...

When I see a blatant error in a book, it instantly looses credibility. It makes me wonder if it had received careful attention by a qualified writer on the subject.

Dorte H said...

Errors or downright stupidity does turn me off non-fiction, yes.
I once read a book about teaching as part of my education. When I got to the chapter on group work I continued, until the writer explained that when there were only two people in a group, it was called pair work. Whoever needs that kind of information? Not adult teachers, certainly :) I put it away, and passed my exam without it.