Book Talk: Geeks are the new chic, says author Garth Sundem

Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:54am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Move aside, good looking. Geeks are the new chic, according to self-proclaimed geek Garth Sundem who has just released his second book about geekiness.

Sundem, a maths whizz and English professor, had written over 20 educational books before turning to a subject he knew well -- geekiness -- with a growing number of geeks proudly going public as their idols, who include Microsoft's Bill Gates and Apple's Steve Jobs, rose to the top.

"I am extremely geeky and I am painfully self-aware of it," Sundem told Reuters. "I was always in the math club and the chess club and the jazz band."

Sundem's latest book, "The Geek's Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People," compiles 314.15 facts -- which is a decimal computation for pi -- in a compendium of usable and totally useless bits of information that geeks would relish.

These nuggets range from five useful phrases in Klingon and how to make chain-mail amour, to strategies for sudoku and how to program a Universal Remote Control.

This followed on from Sundem's first geek book, "Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life," that used algebra to take the guesswork out of life.

Sundem, who lives with his wife and two children in California, spoke to Reuters about life as a geek author:

Q: Were you always a geek?   Continued...