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Sokal I 196
Physics/Virilio/Bricmont/Sokal: (P. Virilio, Rasender Stillstand, Frankfurt/M. 1992, p. 98f): ...with the new concept of the realtime interface, transparency changes its essence, because it is no longer that of light rays (the sun or electricity), but precisely that of the velocity of (electrons, neutrons) - elementary particles that propagate with the velocity of light itself.
SokalVsVirilio: Unlike photons, electrons have a mass other than zero and therefore cannot move at the speed of light.
Sokal I 197
Space/Time/Velocity/Virilio: (P. Virilio, L'Espace critique, Paris, 1984, p. 176): "Remember that the dromospheric space, the space-speed, is physically described by the so-called "logistic equation", the result of the product of the displaced mass times the speed of its displacement, M x V."
SokalVsVirilio: the logistic equation is a differential equation that is (among other things) studied in population biology; it is dx/dt=lx(1-x).
It has nothing to do with M x V. In Newtonian mechanics, M x V is called "impulse";
Sokal I 198
M x V does not occur at all in relativistic mechanics. Dromospheric space is Virilio's invention.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Viri I
Paul Virilio
Fluchtgeschwindigkeit: Essay Frankfurt/M. 1999

Soka I
Alan Sokal
Eleganter Unsinn. Wie die Denker der Postmoderne die Wissenschaften missbrauchen München 1999

Soka II
Alan Sokal
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science New York 1999


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