chapter  21
On Chomsky
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When Noam Chomsky came to give his Shearman Memorial lectures at University College, London, the enormous Collegiate Hall was packed and overflowed, and many had to be turned away. Yet the lectures that people had come to hear were not given by some entertainer-don. On the contrary, the lectures were on an abstract topic, by a lecturer who had contributed much, as some might complain, to make his subject much more abstract than it had ever been before.