Jean Bricmont

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]

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

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 along with Noam Chomsky.


  • In 2005, he published Impérialisme humanitaire, published in English as Humanitarian Imperialism in 2006.
  • In 2006, he wrote the preface to L'Atlas alternatif – Frédéric Delorca (ed), Pantin, Temps des Cerises.
  • "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
  • 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.


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