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By Noretta Koertge

ISBN-10: 0195117255

ISBN-13: 9780195117257

ISBN-10: 0195117263

ISBN-13: 9780195117264

Cultural critics say that "science is politics through different means," arguing that the result of clinical inquiry are profoundly formed by way of the ideological agendas of strong elites. They base their claims on historic case stories 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 by way of foisting a sly parody of the style at the unwitting editors of the cultural experiences magazine Social Text touching off a nonetheless unabated torrent of editorials, articles, and heated lecture room and web dialogue.

This hard-hitting assortment selections up the place Sokal left off. The essayists provide crisp and unique evaluations of case stories provided by way of the cultural critics as proof that medical effects let us know extra approximately social context than they do concerning the flora and fauna. Pulling no punches, they establish a number of crude genuine error (e.g. that Newton by no means played any experiments) and egregious mistakes of emission, akin to the try and clarify the gradual improvement of fluid dynamics exclusively by way of gender bias. the place there are beneficial properties of a wrong account, or anything to be discovered from it, they don't hesitate to assert so. Their aim is shoddy scholarship.

Comprising new essays by means of exotic students of historical past, philosophy, and technological know-how (including Sokal himself), this e-book increases a full of life debate to a brand new point of seriousness.

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