‘I gained such clarity in the process of researching Superior. It felt like a weight had been lifted…I no longer had to work through these things in my head any more. I felt such peace with it.’
An author and science writer who has been inspired by India’s left-leaning investigative journalists.
Angela Saini in conversation with Colin Grant
Angela’s Saini’s book, Superior, though celebrated by figures such as the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, also attracted racist social media trolls, an experience that caused Saini to ‘cancel herself’. She talks to Colin Grant about the timeliness of her book during the Covid pandemic, when some people’s suspicion of facts has been fuelled by the unethical historical practices of race science and pseudoscience myth-making.
Angela Saini is an independent British science journalist and the author of three books. She presents radio and television programmes on the BBC and her writing has appeared in The Sunday Times, Nature, New Scientist, National Geographic and Wired. She has won a number of national and international journalism awards. She has also been a judge for the Orwell Prize for non-fiction.
Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim and named a book of the year by the Financial Times, Guardian, The Telegraph and Sunday Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into thirteen languages. Both are on university reading lists across the world.
Saini has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2020 she was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine. She is currently working on her fourth book, on the origins of patriarchy, to be published in 2023.
As the founder of the ‘Challenging Pseudoscience’ group at the Royal Institution, Angela Saini researches and campaigns around issues of misinformation and disinformation.