Bowen, Ezra and Alemdan, Robert. "The Posse Stops a ‘Softie,'" Time, 11 May 1987, pp.


Bowen, Ezra and Alemdan, Robert. "The Posse Stops a ‘Softie,'" Time, 11 May 1987, pp.

Here is Time's story of the rejection of Samuel P. Huntington by the National Academy of
Science. Huntington, President of the American Political Science Association, Harvard Professor
and Director, author of a dozen books, government consultant, former member of the National
Security Council, and author of American policy statements during the Viet Nam War, has been
turned down by the NAS. The background to the rejection is that Huntington was opposed by
Serge Lang, Yale mathematician, who insisted that Huntington was abusing science with his
"pseudomathematics." Lang wrote letters to the Society's entire membership and convinced,
apparently, one-third of the members to oppose Huntington's acceptance.

The Time reporter and staffer then go on to interpret the meaning of Huntington's rejection. They
suggest that the social sciences have, in this case, been opposed by the natural science, and that
the issue is, at least in part, the result of the opposition of science types. Then, too, they admit
that Huntington may be the victim of politics. He is an ardent conservative who has, for years,
been a champion of the right; left wing scientists may oppose him because of his views.

It is further reported that the social science membership of the academy was strongly in favor of
Huntington's appointment.