Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom

Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom

by Peter W. Huber
     
 

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A scathing indictment of the growing role of junk science in our courtrooms. Peter W. Huber shows how time and again lawyers have used—and the courts have accepted—spurious claims by so-called expertSee more details below

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A scathing indictment of the growing role of junk science in our courtrooms. Peter W. Huber shows how time and again lawyers have used—and the courts have accepted—spurious claims by so-called expert

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Forbes magazine columnist Huber uncovers another cost of science illiteracy in the U.S.: the unwarranted authority of ``junk science'' as legal testimony in our litigious society. This anecdotal history of science in the service of liability lawyers--the ``expert witness'' industry--is both a stylish legal brief for sensible reforms and a side tour of the medical follies of the century. Huber condemns the ``verbal dilapidation of science'' by rogue scientists posing as misunderstood Galileos and the ``let-it-all-in'' atmosphere of the courts. Legal scholars and attorneys might well take note of Huber's observations, while all readers can take pleasure in his tempered yet passionate appeal to restore the rule of science fact in our courts. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Huber, educated as an engineer and considered one of the country's leading experts on liability law, shows how lawyers exploit science illiteracy by using professional ``expert'' witnesses to press unsubstantiated claims. He defines ``junk science'' as the mirror of real science and uses as examples astronomy and astrology, chemistry and alchemy, and pharmacology and homeopathy. It is often difficult to distinguish between junk science and liability science, a speculative theory that expects lawyers, judges, and juries to search for causes that may be explained by established scientific principles. Huber documents this phenomenon by citing several claims and concludes that the best test of certainty is the science of publication, replication, verification, consensus, and peer review. For public and university libraries with collections in popular science. Also appropriate for law libraries.-- Bruce Slutsky, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
Booknews
A more credible subtitle would be "junk sci in the junkroom." Of course our legal system is based upon charlatans raping lepers; this deserves a book? Huber does follow the junk far enough to report on the appeal courts' reversals of the lower court decisions and awards. Read this if you suffer from low blood pressure. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780465026241
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

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