Book by Sokal Alan
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This is as important a book as anything by Dawkins, Hitchens, Wheen...scrupulous, engaging,...entetaining. ( Nicholas Lezard, Saturday Guardian)
As a guide to and critique of some of what has gone wrong in academia and in wider culture, Sokal's book is superb. ( James Ladyman, The Philosophers' Magazine)
I have seen few better expositions of how thoughtful theoretical scientists actually build up their picture of reality. ( Philip Anderson, Physics World)
Most scientists will be highly appreciative of and deeply fascinated by what Sokal has to say in this remarkable book. ( Chemistry World)
In 1996, Alan Sokal, a Professor of Physics at New York University, wrote a paper for the cultural-studies journal Social Text, entitled: 'Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity'. It was reviewed, accepted and published. Sokal immediately confessed that the whole article was a hoax - a cunningly worded paper designed to expose and parody the style of extreme postmodernist criticism of science. The story became front-page news around the world and triggered fierce and wide-ranging controversy.
Sokal is one of the most powerful voices in the continuing debate about the status of evidence-based knowledge. In Beyond the Hoax he turns his attention to a new set of targets - pseudo-science, religion, and misinformation in public life. 'Whether my targets are the postmodernists of the left, the fundamentalists of the right, or the muddle-headed of all political and apolitical stripes, the bottom line is that clear thinking, combined with a respect for evidence, are of the utmost importance to the survival of the human race in the twenty-first century.' The book also includes a hugely illuminating annotated text of the Hoax itself, and a reflection on the furore it provoked.
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Descripción Oxford University Press, USA, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0199239207
Descripción Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110199239207
Descripción Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0199239207 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0083178
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