The Sokal Affair scandal extended from academia to the public press. The anthropologist Bruno Latour , criticized in Fashionable Nonsense , described the scandal as a " tempest in a tea cup ". Retired Northeastern University mathematician turned social scientist Gabriel Stolzenberg wrote essays meant to discredit the statements of Sokal and his allies,  arguing that they insufficiently grasped the philosophy they criticized, rendering their criticism meaningless. In Social Studies of Science , Bricmont and Sokal responded to Stolzenberg,  denouncing his "tendentious misrepresentations" of their work and criticizing Stolzenberg's commentary about the " strong programme " of the sociology of science. In the same issue, Stolzenberg replied, arguing that their critique and allegations of misrepresentation were based on misreadings. He advised readers to slowly and skeptically examine the arguments proposed by each party, bearing in mind that "the obvious is sometimes the enemy of the true".