By Noretta Koertge

Cultural critics say that "science is politics by means of different means," arguing that the result of clinical inquiry are profoundly formed through the ideological agendas of strong elites. They base their claims on old case reports purporting to teach the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist, capitalist, colonialist and/or specialist pursuits into the very content material of technology. Physicist Alan Sokal lately poked enjoyable at those claims through foisting a sly parody of the style at the unwitting editors of the cultural reviews magazine Social Text touching off a nonetheless unabated torrent of editorials, articles, and heated school room and web dialogue.

This hard-hitting assortment choices up the place Sokal left off. The essayists provide crisp and certain evaluations of case reports provided by way of the cultural critics as proof that clinical effects let us know extra approximately social context than they do in regards to the flora and fauna. Pulling no punches, they determine a variety of crude actual errors (e.g. that Newton by no means played any experiments) and egregious mistakes of emission, reminiscent of the try to clarify the gradual improvement of fluid dynamics exclusively when it comes to gender bias. the place there are features of a unsuitable account, or anything to be realized from it, they don't hesitate to claim so. Their goal is shoddy scholarship.

Comprising new essays through exotic students of heritage, philosophy, and technological know-how (including Sokal himself), this ebook increases a full of life debate to a brand new point of seriousness.

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