Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2017

272 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190469412

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The Death of Expertise

The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Tom Nichols

  • Powerful and scathing indictment of the many forces trying to undermine the authority of experts in the US
  • Makes the case that higher education is making the problem worse rather than better
  • Ties the rise of anti-expertise sentiment and anti-intellectualism not only to the pervasiveness of the internet, but to other technologies such as the explosion of media options
  • Concedes that experts do make mistakes, but argues that the key point is the ability of other well-informed experts to challenge these mistakes and lead to solutions
  • The author is a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions