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Vol 22 No 4 April/May 2017

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

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ISBN13: 9780674025806
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback reissue
Price: £24.95
Hardback edition out of print, ISBN13 9780674012868



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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 humour, 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.

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Subjects:
Legal History