Jean Bricmont

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Jean Bricmont
Jean Bricmont Paris 2010.jpg
Jean Bricmont (2010)
Born (1952-04-12) 12 April 1952 (age 69)
Uccle,[1] Belgium
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, Philosophy of Science
Rutgers University
Princeton University

Jean Bricmont (French: [bʁikmɔ̃]; born 12 April 1952) is a Belgian theoretical physicist and philosopher of science. Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), he works on renormalization group and nonlinear differential equations. Since 2004, He is a member of the Division of Sciences of the Royal Academy of Belgium.[2]

Bricmont is mostly known to the non-academic audience as a rationalist activist who partners with American intellectuals with similar views. He has notably criticized postmodernist views of science along with Alan Sokal, with whom he wrote Fashionable Nonsense (1997). He has also criticized imperialism and defended freedom of expression, adopting a position on the issue similar to that of Noam Chomsky.[3]

Jean Bricmont was president of the Association française pour l'information scientifique from 2001 to 2006.[4]


  • Impérialisme humanitaire (2005) published in English as Humanitarian Imperialism, 2006[5]
  • Preface to L'Atlas alternatif – Frédéric Delorca (ed), Pantin, Temps des Cerises, 2006
  • Pourquoi Bush peut déclencher une attaque contre l’Iran, an article in French discussing the possibility of a US invasion of Iran
  • Raison contre pouvoir. Le pari de Pascal, Jean Bricmont and Noam Chomsky, 5 November 2009
  • Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left, CounterPunch, 4 December 2012
  • La République des censeurs, L'Herne. 2014. ISBN 9782851974570.
  • Bricmont, Jean (2016). Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-25889-8.
  • Bricmont, Jean (2017). Quantum Sense and Nonsense. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-65271-9.


  1. ^ Académie royale de Belgique
  2. ^ Jean Bricmont Archived 12 October 2017 at the Wayback Machine page on Royal Academy of Belgium website.
  3. ^ Bricmont, Jean (1 April 2001). "La mauvaise réputation de Noam Chomsky". Le Monde diplomatique (in French). Retrieved 11 August 2020.
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  5. ^ Johnstone, Diana. "Monthly Review | Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War". Monthly Review. Retrieved 11 August 2020.

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