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The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters Paperback – August 15, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0593068243 ISBN-10: 9780593068243

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780593068243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593068243
  • ASIN: 0593068246
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With over a decade of experience as the science correspondent for The Times, Henderson has seen it all. Today science is enjoying unprecedented coverage in the media and recognition in popular culture. Here is the account of how and why this has happened, how science works, and how it is perceived, warts and all . . . Fascinating stuff."  —Jim Al-Khalili

"In this timely and important book, Mark Henderson explains why Geeks are on the march—and why the world will become a better place as a result."  —Tim Harford

"Mark Henderson's new book shows that CP Snow's "Two Cultures" are still all too apparent in today's society, and also charts the frustrating tussle for power between forces of irrationality and the rational over recent years. Henderson advances a compelling argument that we shouldn't be ashamed of rational thinking, but instead, we need to recognize and embrace the importance of science in our politics, education, economy, and culture."  —Professor Alice Roberts

About the Author

Mark Henderson, the Science editor of The Times, is an award-winning journalist who has covered science for The Times since 2000, building a reputation as one of the UK's most respected and best connected journalists in the field. As well as covering science news he is a regular contributor to comment pages and played a pivotal role in founding their science supplement, Eureka, for which he writes features and a regular column about science and politics. Freelance writing includes recent work for the British Medical Journal, Prospect, and the Royal Society's 350th anniversary program.
He is an accomplished broadcaster for TV and radio, whose recent appearances include BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC4's "Dinner with Portillo," BBC Breakfast, Sky News, LBC, and BBC R4's "Material World." He is also a regular panelist at the Royal Institution, the Wellcome Collection, and the Cheltenham Science Festival. In 2011 Mark Henderson was awarded the European Cancer Reporter Prize and the Royal Statistical Society Prize for statistical excellence in journalism.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will on March 16, 2013
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The book makes a convincing argument for science-minded people to become active in politics and for society as a whole to incorporate the scientific process into their decision making. The book did not blow me away - I think because the argument could have been summed up in one chapter. Like any book which makes a straight-forward argument, it can be tough, at times, for it to keep your attention. I would argue that almost anyone that buys this book already agrees with the author's argument, but that the book is still helpful in articulating that argument as well as in identifying methods to put it to use.
Ultimately, I think the book is worth the read - if only to form a social contract to act on the argument put forth.
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By Antonio Soligo on June 22, 2013
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But nothing more than an average level of depth. Fun reading anymore. Geeks is someone who is always moving ahead.
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