Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science / Edition 1

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Overview

With the emergence of "cultural studies" and the blurring of once-clear academic boundaries, scholars are turning to subjects far outside their traditional disciplines and areas of expertise. In Higher Superstition scientists Paul Gross and Norman Levitt raise serious questions about the growing criticism of science by humanists and social scientists on the "academic left." This paperback edition of Higher Superstition includes a new afterword by the authors.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Times - Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
The authors' shredding of such luminaries of postmodernism and feminism as Stanley Aronowitz, Sandra Harding, and Evelyn fox Keller, among others, is not always charitable, [but] it is invariably compelling and frequently devastating.
Physics Today
We should be thankful that Gross and Levitt have provided a wake-up call. Their significant overview of the thinking of those who teach our lawyers, journalists and teachers should be read by all who are concerned by the decline of the status of science in our times.
New Statesman
At last, somebody has performed the invaluable service of exploding the pretentions of those who think every equation derived this century undermines the fabric of western thought.
Washington Times
The authors' shredding of such luminaries of postmodernism and feminism as Stanley Aronowitz, Sandra Harding, and Evelyn fox Keller, among others, is not always charitable, [but] it is invariably compelling and frequently devastating.

— Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

Booknews
A prominent life scientist and a prominent mathematician decry the deconstruction of scientific texts by literary critics and the rejection of scientific patriarchy by feminists, warning that 300 years of scientific achievement are under fire from scholars who know almost nothing about science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Mark Noll
Higher Superstition moves rapidly from theme to theme, taking no prisoners and leaving no doubt about the authors' thesis.
Books & Culture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801857072
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,109,638
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Gross, former director and president of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, is University Professor of Life Sciences, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Norman Levitt is professor of mathematics at Rutgers University and the author of Grassmannians and Gauss Maps in Piecewise-Linear Topology.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Academic Left and Science 1
2 Some History and Politics: Natural Science and Its Natural Enemies 16
3 The Cultural Construction of Cultural Constructivism 42
4 The Realm of Idle Phrases: Postmodernism, Literary Theory, and Cultural Criticism 71
5 Auspicating Gender 107
6 The Gates of Eden 149
7 The Schools of Indictment 179
8 Why Do the People Imagine a Vain Thing? 215
9 Does It Matter? 234
Notes 259
References 291
Index 305
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