Author: Angela Saini
A vivid, geeky travelogue of 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
One in six employed scientists with science or engineering doctorates in the U.S. is Asian, and by the turn of the millennium, there were claims that a third of all engineers in Silicon Valley were of Indian origin, with Indians running 750 of its tech companies. In this entertaining exploration of India's rise as a center of scientific excellence, Angela Saini delves into the psyche of the nation's science-hungry citizens, explaining how ancient science is giving way to new and how the technology of the wealthy is passing on to the poor. She also explores why the government of the most religious country on earth has put its faith in science and technology.
Through witty first-hand reportage and penetrative analysis, she explains what this means for the rest of the world and how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality. Full of curious, colorful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people—a nation of "geeks."