New book release | Pseudoscience: A Very Short Introduction

March 24, 2023

In his new book "Pseudoscience: A Very Short Introduction," Society of Fellows' director Michael D. Gordin (history) explores the philosophical and historical attempts to address this problem of demarcation. This book argues that by understanding doctrines that are often seen as antithetical to science, we can learn a great deal about how science operated in the past and does today. This exploration raises several questions: How does a doctrine become demonized as pseudoscientific? Who has the authority to make these pronouncements? How is the status of science shaped by political or cultural contexts? How does pseudoscience differ from scientific fraud?