Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Cultural Studies gets revenge on Sokal?

Shit - almost missed this gem! Via The Register: "The physics establishment appears to be unable to decide whether papers submitted by two former French TV presenters are a scientific breakthrough or an elaborate hoax. The debunking to date has been done on Usenet groups and informally, over the Internet. The pranksters evaded the rigorous peer review process employed by scientific journals, and have succeeded in publishing four physics papers. The pair even won themselves PhDs into the bargain."

"But curiously, so arcane and abstract is the world of theoretical physics, that the work has yet to be repudiated. Usenet posters describe the papers as "laughably incoherent". A fascinating thread on Usenet begun by John Baez brought the hoax to light, and persistent questioning by Arkadiusz Jadczyk on his website has done much to expose the pair."

Sorry to all my favourite scientists, but after the Sokal affair, I can barely contain my glee at this possibility ;)

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