Socialism and science have long failed to emulsify, despite numerous attempts – some of them earnest, well-intentioned efforts – to integrate the two. This failure, sad to say, was institutional as well as intellectual, and there are good reasons why the graft refused to take. Not least among these reasons is the indifference of most natural scientists to the idea that there could be a “science” of society and history, and, more pointedly, to the idea that Marxism could provide one. As Zbigniew Jordan archly puts it,

(t)here may be some advantages in being able to consider the liquefication of gases, the melting of metals, and social or political revolutions as different instances of one and the same law, but these advantages are not relevant to what the scientist does.1