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Laws of Men and Laws of Nature The History of Scientific Expert Testimony in England and America

ISBN-10: 0674025806
ISBN-13: 9780674025806
Edition: 2004
Authors: Tal Golan
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Description: Are scientific expert witnesses partisans, or spokesmen for objective science? This ambiguity has troubled the relations between scientists and the legal system for more than 200 years. Modern expert testimony first appeared in the late eighteenth  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Are scientific expert witnesses partisans, or spokesmen for objective science? This ambiguity has troubled the relations between scientists and the legal system for more than 200 years. Modern expert testimony first appeared in the late eighteenth century, and while its use steadily increased throughout the nineteenth century, in cases involving everything from patents to X-rays, the respect paid to it steadily declined, inside and outside of the courtroom. With deep learning and wry humor, Tal Golan tells stories of courtroom drama and confusion and media jeering on both sides of the Atlantic, until the start of the twenty-first century, as the courts still search for ways that will allow them to distinguish between good and bad science.

Tal Golan is Associate Professor of History of Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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