Education: The Posse Stops a Softie

Scientists blackball a political theorist

In a December issue, Science magazine likened Yale Mathematician Serge Lang, a proud and contentious member of the august National Academy of Sciences, to a "sheriff of scholarship, leading a posse of academics on a hunt for error." Last week the sheriff rode again. At the NAS annual meeting in its imposing marble headquarters in Washington, the normally stately proceedings were shattered by an acrimonious debate in which Lang led a successful drive to refuse membership to a distinguished Harvard political scientist: Samuel P. Huntington, director of Harvard's Center for International Affairs and president of the American Political Science Association.


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