Science Weighs In on the Scales of Justice

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Science  15 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5695, pp. 412-413
DOI: 10.1126/science.1102268

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Laws of Men and Laws of Nature The History of Scientific Expert Testimony in England and America. by Tal Golan. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2004. 335 pp. $49.95, £32.95, €46.10. ISBN 0-674-01286-0.

Laboratory of Justice The Supreme Court's 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law. David L. Faigman. Times Books, New York, 2004. 432 pp. $27.50, C$41.95. ISBN 0-8050-7274-8.

In these two thoughtful histories of the fitful relationship between science and the law, Golan focus on trials where the legal battles began and Faigman on the arena where a select few were concluded.