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Michael D. Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, most recently On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience.
Philosopher Karl Popper famously asked how to tell the two apart. His answer—falsifiability—hasn’t aged well, but the effort lives on.
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Many take the separation between science and politics for granted, but this view of science has its own political history: it was developed, in part, as an anti-communist tool of the Cold War.
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