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Author Golan, Tal.
Title Laws of men and laws of nature : the history of scientific expert testimony in England and America / Tal Golan.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.

Author Golan, Tal.
Subject Evidence, Expert -- England -- History.
Evidence, Expert -- United States -- History.
Expert Testimony -- England.
Expert Testimony -- United States.
Science -- legislation & jurisprudence -- England.
Science -- legislation & jurisprudence -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 325 pages) : map
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-313) and index.
Contents "Where there's muck there's brass": the rise of the modern expert witness -- The common liar, the damned liar, and the scientific expert: the growing problem of expert testimony -- Who shall decide where experts disagree? The Nineteenth-century debates -- Blood will out: distinguishing humans from animals and scientists from charlatans -- The authority of shadows: the law and x-rays -- Science unwanted: the law and psychology.
Note Print version record.
Summary Annotation 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.
Note English.
ISBN 9780674037694 (electronic bk.)
0674037693 (electronic bk.)
9780674012868 (alk. paper)
0674012860 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 451013743
Additional Format Print version: Golan, Tal. Laws of men and laws of nature. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004 0674012860 9780674012868 (DLC) 2004042215 (OCoLC)54685435

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