(In 1996, Alan Sokal, a Professor of Physics at New York University, published "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" in Social Text, a quarterly journal of cultural and political analysis. Almost simultaneously he also published "A Physicist Experiments with Cultural Studies" in Lingua Franca: The Review of Academic Life, revealing that the first article was a hoax, a parody of "postmodern epistemology." Controversy ensued, and the pot continueth to boil. For anyone as yet unfamiliar with l'affaire Sokal, here is a modest introduction.
-- JR Foley
Ø: Sokal's second shot: "A Physicist Experiments with Cultural Studies," Lingua Franca, May/June 1996, pp. 62-64.
Ø: Sokal on Sokal: Sokal's own Home Page
and Another Page
Ø: "Professor Sokal's Bad Joke" by Stanley Fish, The New York Times
by Carlo Parcelli
Ø: "goliath AGAIN" by Joe Brennan