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ANGELA SAINI was born in the UK in 1980. She has a masters degree in engineering from Oxford University and a second masters in science and security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. An independent science journalist based in London, she has written for New Scientist, Wired, The Economist and leading scientific journals in the UK and the US. Her first television science documentary aired in November 2008, and she can be regularly heard reporting on technology issues for the BBC World Service radio show ‘Digital Planet’. She was named European Young Science Writer of the Year in 2009, and in 2008 won a European television news award for her report of a major investigation, which was aired on ‘BBC News at Ten’ and ‘BBC World News’. A bilingual English and Hindi speaker, she previously worked in India for The Hindu newspaper group.

 

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GEEK NATION
How Indian Science is Taking Over the World

Saini's vivid portrait of hi-tech India reveals a country in a hurry. No one knows how long it will take, but India's present economic expansion is a reminder that more than 1,000 years ago it had a scientific culture as advanced as any in the world – FINANCIAL TIMES


Stories are presented as vivid vignettes gathered from all over the country, assembled into a somewhat episodic travelogue... [the book's] emphasis on personalities and places provides an engaging introduction for those who want deeper understanding than facts and figures alone can provide – NEW SCIENTIST


Saini travels around the country meeting scientists who range from the brilliant to the bonkers... many entertaining and informative stories. Saini has a genuine talent for describing science – THE SUNDAY TIMES


I was reminded in some ways of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. So many books get compared to Bryson's in an attempt to hitch a lift on the coattails of its success, but the similarities here are real – the very personal touch, a combination of travelogue and investigation through interview and a real sense of humour... an engaging and eye-opening exploration of a subject that traditionally we rely on clichés to understand, providing a much more informed and effective understanding of the progress of Indian technology – PopularScience.co.uk


An entertaining journey. With engaging, first-hand accounts Saini explores gleaming technology hubs, visits space centres and labs researching GM crops. Along the way, she introduces the stories of a compelling cast of 'geeks'... a vivid impression of a nation emerging as a scientific contender – BBC FOCUS magazine


According to a report in October 2009 from Thomson Reuters, India’s science research productivity will be on par with most G8 nations within 7 to 8 years and could overtake them between 2015 and 2020. At the dawn of this scientific revolution, GEEK NATION delves inside the psyche of India’s science-hungry citizens, exploring India’s commitment to science and technology, its importance to India’s growth, and the culture that underlies it.

Through firsthand reportage and probing analysis, it explains how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality, and what this transformation means for the rest of the world (already a third of the software engineers in Silicon Valley are of Indian descent, while Bill Gates estimates that Indians constitute upwards of 20 per cent of Microsoft's engineering work force – astonishing numbers for an ethnic group that according to Wikipedia makes up only 2.7 per cent of the US population).

An eye-opening book packed with curious, colourful characters and gripping stories, GEEK NATION takes readers from the schools and colleges that produce India’s science graduates, to the companies and organisations that hire them, and the big governmental projects that promise to propel India into superpower status – awakening us all to this 'sleeping giant' of geeks.

Publisher: Hodder (UK)
Pub Date: 3 March 2011 
Length: 288 pages

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