Donald MacKenzie

teaches sociology at the University of Edinburgh. A frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, he has written extensively on science, technology, and finance. He is currently writing a book on high-frequency trading for Princeton University Press.


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Of viruses and men

The dangerous pandemic in the social sciences

COVID-19 found societies not only unprepared but also unaware. Koray Caliskan and Donald MacKenzie ask why social sciences have taken so little interest in pathogens. In comparing humans and viruses, they reveal the risks of an overly anthropocentric focus. Perhaps it’s time to rewrite the books?