The File

Case Study in Correction (1977–1979)

  • Serge Lang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introductory Letter to the Reader

    1. Serge Lang
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Story

    1. Serge Lang
      Pages 6-17
  4. A Reply to Lang

    1. Everett Carll Ladd, Seymour Martin Lipset
      Pages 18-30
  5. The File

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-61
    2. The First Year

    3. The Second Year

      1. Serge Lang
        Pages 231-264
      2. Serge Lang
        Pages 265-298
      3. Serge Lang
        Pages 325-358
      4. Serge Lang
        Pages 359-386
      5. Serge Lang
        Pages 387-424
      6. Serge Lang
        Pages 425-454
    4. Into a Third Year

      1. Serge Lang
        Pages 457-472
      2. Serge Lang
        Pages 473-504
      3. Serge Lang
        Pages 543-555
      4. Serge Lang
        Pages 557-569
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 571-712

About this book


The File is a collection of documents from a major dispute involving a number of American college professors, mainly mathematicians, statisticians,and sociologists. The controversy was ignited by the mathematician Serge Lang's reaction to a questionnaire, "The 1977 Survey of the American Professoriate", distributed by E. C. Ladd of the University of Connecticut and S. M. Lipset of Stanford. The ensuing discussion - in part acrimonious and personal - soon involved a large group of active and passive participants, and included issues such as survey techniques, evaluation of academic work, public and political honesty, and McCarthyism at Harvard.


Action Hochschullehrer Questionnaire Vereinigte Staaten /Hochschulwesen development evaluation memory methodology objectivity public opinion quality research sociology university

Authors and affiliations

  • Serge Lang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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