Cult of the Expert
The Cult of the Expert
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Hardback: Hamish Hamilton,1982. Paperback: Corgi,
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Press comments on the author
Publisher's information from the front flap:
- 'Looking into the scientific future has pitfalls for scientific
journalists. Accounts of brave or terrible new worlds turn easily
into cliche unless the writer's information or imagination is
unusually strong. Brian J. Ford shows how it ought to be done.'
- 'Mr Ford is witty and enjoys playing with words . . . [and]
made me laugh.' Nature
- 'Mr Ford's clear and interesting explanation is enough .
. . without any of the gobbledeygook and woollymindedness of
most works . . . immensely readable.' James Burke, Punch
- 'We need Ford's acid pen to limn the warning against trivialisation.'
- '[Ford] lacks one essential quality for an Expert: he is
entirely devoid of humourlessness.' Irish Press
- 'Brian J. Ford has the reputation of being something of a
phenomenon himself. He is a strange mixture of the scientist,
the author, the broadcaster and the academic.' Western Mail
Publisher's information from the rear flap:
- The Cult of the Expert is a highly entertaining and ingenious
attack on the Experts who blind us with science, confuse us with
jargon, frustrate us with bureaucracy, intimidate us with superiority
- and yet - precisely because they are so successful at all this
- have the power to appropriate huge shares of public funds and
to make decisions which fundamentally affect our daily lives.
- Stephen Potter delighted us with One-Upmanship, Parkinson
coined his famous Law, Nancy Mitford brought us U and
Non-U. Brian J. Ford has added to the English language Fashionism
and Nonscience (the pronunciation is part of the pun).
- His spirited attack on the huge institutions and the faceless
pundits who dominate the world of science is hilarious - and
has a dreadful ring of truth. Every reader will recognize his
examples of bureaucratic waste, deceit, self-aggrandisement,
bullying - and sheer idiocy. This is a timely and important book,
for Brian J. Ford's message is that our blind subservience to
the Experts is leading to the decay and destruction of our society.
- Jacket illustration by Mark Boxer
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- BRIAN J. FORD has a world-wide following as a research biologist,
broadcaster and lecturer. His many books include studies of the
development of science and several textbooks, and he has contributed
to publications including The Times, New Scientist, Illustrated
London News, and many specialist journals. Brian J. Ford
lives in Wales with his wife and six children.
- ISBN 0-241-10476I-9