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ANGELA SAINI presents science programmes for the BBC and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Scientific American, Wired, and the Economist. She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, where she was a chair of the student union's anti-racism committee, and she is a former fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Angela's work has won a string of national and international awards. Her last book, Inferior, was Physics World's Book of the Year. Her first book, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011. In 2018 she was voted by her peers as one of the most respected journalists of the year.

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'In this essential book, Angela Saini deftly shows how science and racism have long been intertwined, why that pernicious history continues to this day, and why "race science" is so deeply flawed. Deeply researched, masterfully written, and sorely needed, Superior is an exceptional work by one of the world's best science writers' Ed Yong

'This is an essential book on an urgent topic by one of our most authoritative science writers' Sathnam Sanghera

'Whether you think of racist science as bad science, evil science, alt-right science, or pseudoscience, why would any contemporary scientist imagine that gross inequality is a fact of nature, rather than of political history? Angela Saini's Superior connects the dots, laying bare the history, continuity, and connections of modern racist science, some more subtle than you might think. This is science journalism at its very best!' Jonathan Marks, author of Tales of the Ex-Apes: How We Think About Human Evolution

'Angela Saini's investigative and narrative talents shine in Superior, her compelling look at racial biases in science past and present. The result is both a crystal-clear understanding of why race science is so flawed, and why science itself is so vulnerable to such deeply troubling fault lines in its approach to the world around us - and to ourselves' Deborah Blum, author of The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

'Some writers have tackled the sordid history of race science previously, but none have gone so deep under the skin of the subject as Angela Saini in Superior. In her deceptively relaxed writing style, Saini patiently leads readers through the intellectual minefields of 'scientific' racism. She plainly exposes the conscious and unconscious biases that have led even some of our most illustrious scientists astray' Michael Balter, author of The Goddess and the Bull

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