Physicist Alan Sokal is famous for his 1996 Social Text
article, Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity, written as a parody of postmodernism (it is included in this book). Of course, it caused much warranted fulmination in academic circles, as well as a stir in the world at large. In this tome, Sokal sees a vital need for for the centrality of evidence in all matters of public debate, as science, reality, and truth are being hijacked and manipulated, and know-nothings and hucksters obscure the facts about such issues as global warming, evolution, cigarette smoke and on and on. Sokal provides much-needed arguments for piercing the relativist fog that has engulfed science and public debate.