Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | English Non-fiction
As ethnic and religious nationalism rises around the world, race science is experiencing a revival, fuelled by the misuse of data by politically motivated groups. The story of who humans are and how we evolved is being rewritten to suit their agendas. Even well-intentioned scientists, through their unconscious use of old-fashioned categories, betray their suspicion that race has some basis in biology. In truth, it is no more real than it was hundreds of years ago, when our racial and caste hierarchies were invented and hardened by those in power. In Superior, award-winning author Angela Saini explores the concept of race, from its origins to the present day. Engaging with geneticists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists from across the globe, Superior is a rigorous, much-needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of race science.
Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist whose print and broadcast work has appeared on the BBC and in the Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, Economist, and Scientific American. She has a Master's in Engineering from Oxford University and has been a former fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her last book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, was Physics World's Book of the Year. Her first book, Geek Nation: How Indian Science Is Taking Over the World, was published in 2011.