The debates concerning science and postmodernism [I.M. Klotz, "Postmodernist Rhetoric Does Not Change Fundamental Scientific Facts," The Scientist, July 22, 1996, page 9] seem to me to miss the point. I don't believe the philosopher Foucault, in particular, dismisses scientific facts. The important contribution is his discussion of how and why these particular facts and theories come to be known by scientists, and how they are understood within science communities.

Since the communication and acceptance or rejection of scientific theory and fact can be seen as a narrative story taking place across generations of participants, it should come as no surprise that theory developed in the humanities can apply to science.

These are important areas of study, not to be taken lightly or ridiculed with exaggerations of what it is that these studies attempt to say.

Recently I read a very good book, called Osler's Web: Inside...

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