Angela Saini visits Google’s San Francisco office to present her book “Geek Nation”. This event took place on March 28, 2011, as part of the Authors@Google series.
India: it’s a nation of geeks, swots and nerds. Almost one in five of all medical and dental staff in the UK is of Indian origin, and one in six employed scientists with science or engineering doctorates in the US is Asian. By the turn of the millennium, there were even claims that a third of all engineers in Silicon Valley were of Indian origin, with Indians running 750 of its tech companies. At the dawn of this scientific revolution,Geek Nationis a journey to meet the inventors, engineers and young scientists helping to give birth to the world’s next scientific superpower ‘ a nation built not on conquest, oil or minerals, but on the scientific ingenuity of its people. Angela Saini explains how ancient science is giving way to new, and how the technology of the wealthy are passing on to the poor. Delving inside the psyche of India’s science-hungry citizens, she explores the reason why the government of the most religious country on earth has put its faith in science and technology.Through witty first-hand reportage and penetratrive analysis,Geek Nationexplains what this means for the rest of the world, and how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality. Full of curious, colourful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people ‘ a nation of geeks.