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Alan Sokal

American physicist and mathematician

1955   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Harvard University, Princeton University, Harvard College
occupation: mathematician, physicist, university teacher
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Alan David Sokal (; born January 24, 1955) is a professor of mathematics at University College London and professor of physics at New York University. He works in statistical mechanics and combinatorics. He is a critic of postmodernism, and caused the Sokal affair in 1996 when his deliberately nonsensical paper was published by Duke University Press's Social Text. He also works to counter faulty scientific reasoning, as seen with his involvement in criticising the critical positivity ratio concept in positive psychology.
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