Steven Shapin: The Pseudoscience Wars, 8 November 2012
Show More The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael Gordin.
Chicago, 291 pp., £18.50, October 2012, 978 0 226 30442 7Show More
“... that we are living in a safe, never perturbed, solar system and a safe, never perturbed past. Alfred Kazin, writing in the New Yorker, understood that this was part of Velikovsky’s appeal, and tellingly linked the great pseudoscientist with the Doomsday warnings of orthodox atomic scientists: Velikovsky’s work ‘plays right into the small talk ...”