The Science of Hate examines the illusive 'tipping point' at the intersection of prejudice and hate, traversing the globe and reaching back through time, from our tribal ancestors in pre-history to artificial intelligence in the 21st century.
A groundbreaking and surprising blend of true crime and popular science.
Fascinating...moving...meticulously researched...written in a really accessible manner...expansive in approach and supplemented with so many real-world case studies. This is a really key contribution to our understanding of the divides in our society, and how these can perhaps be repaired.
-- Pragya Agarwal, author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias
Williams is masterful at making this complex topic accessible, so we can all better understand hate and the dark side of human behaviour and finally, start to tackle it.
-- Nova Reid, author of The Good Ally
This sometimes harrowing but very necessary book couldn't be more topical, but what gives it even greater impact is the fact that the author has himself been the victim of hate crime.
-- Caroline Sanderson ― The Bookseller (Editor's Choice)
Professor Williams' expert analysis has been fundamental to several high-profile prime time TV documentaries on the rise of hate crime and speech. He has the unique ability to translate highly complex science into meaningful, accessible and impactful journalism that a mass audience can easily comprehend.
-- Mark Alden, producer and director of Hate on the Streets (BBC Panorama) and Brexit Online Uncovered (ITV Exposure)
Professor Matthew Williams is one of the most noted scholars of cyber-hate in the world and has a particular gift for rendering complex analysis comprehensible. His interest in hate crime is long standing and it has been his passion to communicate his own deep understanding of the subject to a general audience.
-- Professor Mike Levi, Cardiff University, Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe and Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute