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Sort order. Start your review of Imposturas intelectuales. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Alan Sokal. Alan Sokal. He works in statistical mechanics and combinatorics. To the general public he is best known for his criticism of postmodernism, resulting in the Sokal affair in Sokal received his B. He was advised by Arthur Wightman. In the summers of , Sokal taught mathematics at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, when the Sandinistas were heading the elected government.

In particular, he studies the interplay between these fields based on questions arising in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. This includes work on the chromatic polynomial and the Tutte polynomial, which appear both in algebraic graph theory and in the study of phase transitions in statistical mechanics.

His interests include computational physics and algorithms, such as Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms for problems in statistical physics. He also co-authored a book on quantum triviality. Sokal is best known to the general public for the Sokal Affair of Curious to see whether the then-non-peer-reviewed postmodern cultural studies journal Social Text published by Duke University Press would publish a submission which "flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions," Sokal submitted a grand-sounding but completely nonsensical paper entitled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.

He replied to leftist and postmodernist criticism of the deception by saying that his motivation had been to "defend the Left from a trendy segment of itself. Gross and Norman Levitt's book Higher Superstition, can be considered to be a part of the so-called Science wars.

Sokal followed up by co-authoring the book Impostures Intellectuelles with Jean Bricmont in published in English, a year later, as Fashionable Nonsense. The book accuses other academics of using scientific and mathematical terms incorrectly and criticizes proponents of the strong program for denying the value of truth.

The book had mixed reviews, with some lauding the effort, some more reserved, and others pointing out alleged inconsistencies and criticizing the authors for ignorance of the fields under attack and taking passages out of context. In , Sokal revisited the Sokal affair and its implications in Beyond the Hoax. Books by Alan Sokal. Related Articles. For more than a decade, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the world-renowned astrophysicist and host of the popular radio and Emmy-nominated televi Read more Trivia About Fashionable Nonse Quotes from Imposturas intele Welcome back.

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