PART I: THE SOCIAL TEXT AFFAIR ; 1. Transgressing the boundaries: Towards a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity [annotated version] ; 2. Transgressing the boundaries: An afterword ; 3. Truth, reason, objectivity, and the Left ; 4. Science studies: Less than meets the eye ; 5. What the Social Text affair does and does not prove ; PART II: SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY ; 6. Cognitive relativism in the philosophy of science ; 7. Defense of a modest scientific realism ; PART III: SCIENCE AND CULTURE ; 8. Pseudoscience and postmodernism: Antagonists or fellow-travelers? ; 9. Religion, politics and survival ; 10. Epilogue: Epistemology and ethics ; Index
Alan Sokal is Professor of Physics at New York University and Professor of Mathematics at University College London. He is co-author with Roberto Fernandez and Juerg Froehlich of Random Walks, Critical Phenomena, and Triviality in Quantum Field Theory, and co-author with Jean Bricmont of Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science.
Most scientists will be highly appreciative of and deeply fascinated by what Sokal has to say in this remarkable book. Chemistry World