The Resource Galileo's revenge : junk science in the courtroom, Peter W. Huber

Galileo's revenge : junk science in the courtroom, Peter W. Huber

Label
Galileo's revenge : junk science in the courtroom
Title
Galileo's revenge
Title remainder
junk science in the courtroom
Statement of responsibility
Peter W. Huber
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Expert" witnesses claim a luxury car accelerates when you step on the brake, though no defect is ever found. Whooping cough vaccine, said to cause brain damage and death, is almost removed from the market, though thirty years of epidemiological studies attest to its safety. Cerebral palsy cases, using electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) as evidence, flood the courts, despite overwhelming proof that EFM does not reduce birth defects. Spurious claims such as these, backed
  • By fringe eccentrics whose "research" has no standing in the scientific community, have resulted in astronomical judgments that have bankrupted companies, driven doctors out of practice, and deprived all of us of superior technologies and effective and life-saving therapies. 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 speculators, cranks, and iconoclasts. "One way to dishonor Galileo is to imprison him for heresy," Huber writes. "Another, quite as effective, is to teach his views side by side with those of astrologers and
  • Mystics." Galileo's Revenge documents this peculiarly American phenomenon, showing how ancient rules of evidence do not discriminate between serious science and junk
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
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Huber, Peter W.
Dewey number
  • 347/.067
  • 342.767
Index
index present
LC call number
K487.S3
LC item number
H82 1991
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Science and law
  • Forensic sciences
  • Evidence, Expert
  • Torts
  • Sciences et droit
  • Criminalistique
  • Expertises
  • Responsabilité civile
  • Evidence, Expert
  • Forensic sciences
  • Science and law
  • Torts
  • United States
  • Sachverständigenbeweis
  • USA
Label
Galileo's revenge : junk science in the courtroom, Peter W. Huber
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. The Lawyer and the Scientist Trade Places. Ch. 1. Liability Science: Better Living Through Litigation. Ch. 2. The Science of Things That Aren't So: Junk Science and Its Origins -- pt. II. Law and Pseudoscience. Ch. 3. The Midas Touch: How Money Causes Disease. Ch. 4. Sudden Acceleration: Runaway Panic in the Mass Media. Ch. 5. Gadgets and Knives: Cashing In on Magical Cures. Ch. 6. No Immunity: Chemicals Cause Everything. Ch. 7. Nausea: The Massed Legal Attack. Ch. 8. The Paranoia Plebiscite: The Legal Pursuit of Fad Terrors. Ch. 9. Harmonious Coupling: Ignoring the Environment -- pt. III. The Rule of Fact. Ch. 10. The Cargo Cult: Does Liability Science Work? Ch. 11. Stopping Points: Confronting Malpractice on the Witness Stand. Ch. 12. Science and Certitude
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 274 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1033664616
Label
Galileo's revenge : junk science in the courtroom, Peter W. Huber
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. The Lawyer and the Scientist Trade Places. Ch. 1. Liability Science: Better Living Through Litigation. Ch. 2. The Science of Things That Aren't So: Junk Science and Its Origins -- pt. II. Law and Pseudoscience. Ch. 3. The Midas Touch: How Money Causes Disease. Ch. 4. Sudden Acceleration: Runaway Panic in the Mass Media. Ch. 5. Gadgets and Knives: Cashing In on Magical Cures. Ch. 6. No Immunity: Chemicals Cause Everything. Ch. 7. Nausea: The Massed Legal Attack. Ch. 8. The Paranoia Plebiscite: The Legal Pursuit of Fad Terrors. Ch. 9. Harmonious Coupling: Ignoring the Environment -- pt. III. The Rule of Fact. Ch. 10. The Cargo Cult: Does Liability Science Work? Ch. 11. Stopping Points: Confronting Malpractice on the Witness Stand. Ch. 12. Science and Certitude
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 274 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1033664616

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