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 expertA 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 expertRead Less
New. This item is printed on demand. 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.
224 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. Inscribed by the author. LAW. Peter Huber, an M.I.T. -trained engineer and one of the country's leading experts on liability law, offers a scathing indictment of how legions of case-hardened lawyers have successfully shifted the law from the rule of fact, using professional "expert" witnesses to press unsubstantiated claims on the basis of what nobody but a lawyer would call science. In the let-it-all-in atmosphere of today's courtrooms, lawyers have set off in pursuit of scientific spculators, cranks, and iconoclasts. "One way to dishonor Galileo is to imprison him for heresy." Huber writes. Includes an Index. "This superb book is devastatingly funny, yet it is sad to see so many judges taken in by environmental and health hoaxes with a thin but misleading scientific patina."-Aaron Wild, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley (Key Words: Peter W. Huber, Law, Courtrooms, Signed Books, Expert Witnesses, Vaccines, Junk Science, Pregnancy, Malpractice, Liability, Irving Langmuir, Epidemiology, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Birth Defects, AIDS).
Publishers Weekly, 1991-07-12 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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