Apr 26, 2011

Review of Geek Nation by Angela Saini

There are many books written on our (Indian) ancient wisdom. And then, there are many books written on science. But Geek Nation is "one of its kind", in that, the author, Angela Saini, has tried to connect the two, in order to find how Indian science is taking over the world, by looking at its past as well as into its future.

The answer does not seem to have come so easily, for the author had to travel across the length and the breadth of our country, and meet various people to get their views. The experience she got from her journey across the country, and her interaction with prominent scientists and technologists, whom Angela identifies as the "Geeks" of India, forms the crux of the book.

The title of the book is so catchy that I placed an order online through flipkart immediately after I first saw it in the new releases list. The ability of the author to explain a complex scientific stuff in plain english, which can be understood even by people who do not major in science, is one of the reasons why I like the book.

How does the geeks of India passing down the technologies to solve the common man's problems? Does our ancient wisdom helps our geeks to find a solution to most of these problems, as (many) people claims? What is our geek's take on pseudo-science such as Astrology? To find answers to these questions, and many more, one has to read "Geek Nation".