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The Geek Manifesto: Why science matters

Mark Henderson

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Published by Bantam Press, part of Transworld Publishers

Format: Hardback

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EAN: 9780593068236
Published: 10 May 2012

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The geeks are coming. And our world needs them.
Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, we need the experimental methods of science - the best tool humanity has yet developed for working out what works. Yet from the way we're governed to the news we're fed by the media we're let down by a lack of understanding and respect for its insights and evidence. In The Geek Manifesto Mark Henderson explains why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into every aspect of our society. A new movement is gathering. Let's turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.
Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards Polemic of the Year 2012.

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Powerful and important, The Geek Manifesto eloquently lays out a programme to make the UK a more rational and therefore prosperous and successful country. And it's not that hard to do! Base policy decisions on evidence, invest in our knowledge-based economy by supporting education and research, and above all promote reason above opinion. Everyone interested in importing the scientific method into public life should read this book, and then lobby their MP!
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The Geek Manifesto is the most compelling, engaging and entertaining account I’ve read of the relationship between science and politics... Geek or non-geek, this is a manifesto we should all feel able to endorse
- Financial Times

[Mark Henderson's] writing is urgent and for today... I would, if I could, force every politician in the land to read this book and act
- Observer

A rallying cry... it is impossible not to admire Henderson’s focused anger at the lack of science in policy making and his passion to change things
- New Scientist

The Geek Manifesto should be required reading for all those who question the value and importance of science
- Independent

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
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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
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Long overdue... If you care about science or politics you'd be a food not to read this. *****
- Guru Magazine

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 recognise and embrace the importance of science in our politics, education, economy and culture
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Should be required reading for those with an interest in science. But more importantly it should be read by those for whom science is a closed book or a source of suspicion
- The Word

The revenge of the geeks begins here. Mark's trenchant defence of facts and evidence should be read by every seeker after truth in the country
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an entertaining call to arms for scientists, engineers, skeptics, rationalists and fans of the scientific method
- Engineering & Technology

Superb... Required reading for those who love science and recognise the need to ‘geek the vote’
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About the Author

Mark Henderson is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust. Previously he was the Science editor of The Times and a columnist for The Times science magazine, Eureka. In 2011 Mark was awarded the European Best Cancer Reporter Prize and the Royal Statistical Society Prize for statistical excellence in journalism. He has won three awards from the Medical Journalists Association. He remains a regular commentator on science in the press, for television and radio, online, and at live events. He tweets as @markgfh.

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