A first taste of the Geek Manifesto, coming this week

Publication date — May 10 — is now less than a fortnight away… And this coming week, a taste of what’s inside The Geek Manifesto will finally be available.

First comes the serialisation. On Thursday, May 3, make sure you buy The Times for its Eureka science supplement, which will be carrying three extracts from the book. They’ve chosen passages from the chapters “Geekonomics”, “Doing Science Justice”, and “Placebo Politics”.

As always in Eureka, it’s all beautifully presented.

The next day, Friday May 4, you’ll also be able to download a whole chapter of the book from Amazon and Apple’s iBookstore — look for the download entitled “The Geek Manifesto — Why Science Matters to Government”. It’s the chapter that’s called “Policy-based Evidence” in the book itself, and it runs through the many different ways in which politics abuses evidence, and what we might start to do about it. The download will cost you just 49p.

May 4, of course, is Star Wars Day — “may the fourth be with you…” It could hardly be a more appropriate date for geeks!

And if you’ve not done so already, please do pre-order the book. It all helps the rankings, and thus the promotion that Amazon and Apple will give it, when it comes out…

About markgfh

Mark Henderson is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Geek Manifesto contains his personal views, not those of the Wellcome Trust. Before joining the Trust in January 2012, Mark was Science Editor of The Times, where he built a reputation as one of Britain's foremost science journalists and commentators. Mark's first book, 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know, was published in 2009 by Quercus
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