The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters

The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters

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By (author) Mark Henderson

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  • Publisher: BANTAM PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 34mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0593068238
  • ISBN 13: 9780593068236
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 172,319

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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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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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"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!" -- Professor Brian Cox "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" -- James Wilsdon 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" -- Nick Cohen 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" -- Angela Saini New Scientist "The Geek Manifesto should be required reading for all those who question the value and importance of science" -- Manjit Kumar Independent

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We live in a country where: One one of our 650 MPs is a scientist. The government sacked its drugs adviser for putting science above public opinion. The media whipped up a groundless vaccine scare that threatens children's lives - and then honoured one of the journalists behind it with a coveted prize. A writer can be forced into court for telling the scientific truth. The NHS spends taxpayers' money on sugar pills it knows won't work. A mother was convicted of murdering her children because the 'experts' couldn't do maths. Isn't it time we took action?

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There has never been a better time to be a geek. What was once an insult used to marginalize the curious has become a badge of honour. People who care about science have stopped apologizing for their interests, and are gaining the political confidence to stand up for them instead. The geeks are coming. And our world needs us. Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance healthcare or 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. It's time to stop the nonsense! In The Geek Manifesto, Mark Henderson explains why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into public life. What politicians think matters less than how they think. A new movement is gathering. Let’s turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.