Geek Nation by Angela Saini
How Indian Science is Taking Over the World

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A self-confessed geek herself and the daughter of an Indian chemical engineer, Saini is well qualified to explain why Indians are "famous for being swots, nerds, dweebs, boffins and dorks" and whether India can become a scientific superpower.
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India: it's a nation of geeks, swots and nerds. Almost one in five of all medical and dental staff in the UK is of Indian origin, and one in six employed scientists with science or engineering doctorates in the US is Asian. By the turn of the millennium, there were even claims that a third of all engineers in Silicon Valley were of Indian origin, with Indians running 750 of its tech companies.

At the dawn of this scientific revolution, Geek Nation is a journey to meet the inventors, engineers and young scientists helping to give birth to the world’s next scientific superpower – a nation built not on conquest, oil or minerals, but on the scientific ingenuity of its people. Angela Saini explains how ancient science is giving way to new, and how the technology of the wealthy are passing on to the poor. Delving inside the psyche of India’s science-hungry citizens, she explores the reason why the government of the most religious country on earth has put its faith in science and technology.

Through witty first-hand reportage and penetrative analysis, Geek Nation explains what this means for the rest of the world, and how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality. Full of curious, colourful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people – a nation of geeks.
curious, colourful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people – a nation of geeks.

 

About Angela Saini

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Angela Saini is a science journalist who has written for the BBC, the Economist, New Scientist, Science, and Wired, and has been an invited speaker at Columbia University, Google, and Newswomen's Club of New York. She was named European Young Science Writer of the Year in 2009.
 
Published March 3, 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton. 289 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Science & Math, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on Jan 31 2012

A self-confessed geek herself and the daughter of an Indian chemical engineer, Saini is well qualified to explain why Indians are "famous for being swots, nerds, dweebs, boffins and dorks" and whether India can become a scientific superpower.

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