That’s a strange choice of word, even given his colourful anecdotes of vindictiveness, irresponsibility, rampant self-publicism, ingestion of hallucinogenics, data-massaging or outright fraud. These "anarchists" are still, after all, mainly in the business of looking for law-like connections between things.
Brooks also writes unconvincingly of a historical "cover-up" about scientists’ true (human) nature, and suggests that because revolutionary ideas often come "from nowhere", science must be more "irrational" than we think. Such pop-Paul Feyerabend rhetoric risks sensationalising his otherwise fascinating and serious demonstration of how human foibles and creativity are inseparable, and how this fact is not so dangerous after all.
Now I’m just worried about the "possible space-borne apocalypse" from a massive coronal mass ejection by the sun.
Profile Books, 2011
— By Steven Poole
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