Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Annual lecture 2008
What is Science and Why Should We Care?
by Professor Alan Sokal
Chair: Dr Matt Ridley FMedSci
Our third annual lecture took place on 27th February 2008 at the Cruciform Lecture Theatre, UCL, and was delivered by Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics at New York University and Professor of Mathematics at University College, London.
Professor Sokal's main research interests are in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory.
Among non-physicists, Sokal is probably best known for his famous parody of postmodern science criticism, known as the ‘Sokal Hoax’, which aroused fierce debate in cultural circles, and received widespread coverage in the media, including front-page stories in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Observer, and Le Monde.