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Science at the Bar

Law, Science, and Technology in America

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$36.00 • £28.95 • €32.50

ISBN 9780674793033

Publication: September 1997

Short

304 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Twentieth Century Fund Books/Reports/Studies

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This is a perceptive and elegantly written book on how science and law interact both to produce knowledge and to resolve conflict.—George J. Annas, Nature

[A] broad-ranging and authoritative survey of the relation between law, science, and technology… Jasanoff, trained as a lawyer and subsequently the creator of Cornell’s flagship department of science and technology studies, has devoted most of her professional life to studying science in the courtroom… For any serious student of science and law in America, this is an original and essential book.—Kenneth Keniston, The New England Journal of Medicine

[Jasanoff] provides a provocative and informative survey of the multiplying areas of dispute in which science and technology have come to figure in the legal system. Her topics include product liability, medical malpractice, the regulation of toxics, biotechnology and patents, reproductive rights and dispositions for the dying… Science at the Bar is an important, ground-breaking book, a clearly written work that assists us in coming to grips with the troublesome issues raised by our society’s experience in the complicated interplay of science and the law.—Daniel J. Kevles, American Scientist

Sheila Jasanoff reveals the gulf between objective science and adversarial law in the United States—and suggests some bridge-building answers… [She] delves deeply into case law, and comes up with some absorbing and accessible analyses of the judicial treatment of issues such as genetic engineering, chemical toxicity, and fetal rights. Timely stuff.New Scientist

According to Jasanoff, the traditional notion of two independent bodies of thought, that ‘science seeks the truth’ and that ‘law does justice’ is an oversimplification… In support of her position, Jasanoff takes a look at judicial decision making on a wide variety of scientific and technological issues.—Mary Rose Scozzafava, Bimonthly Review of Law Books

This scholarly and informative book tells the story of how the world of science, where the search for truth predominates, interdigitates with the world of judicial decision making, where the search for justice predominates. As one of a few academic researchers well-grounded in the study of science and technology policy, law, and social science, Jasanoff has attempted the challenge of providing us with a coherent characterization of that interdigitation. Writing with her usual clarity, craftsmanlike and balanced perspective, she has surely succeeded.—Ira H. Carmen, Law and Politics Book Review

This book is a must-read for all [Science, Technology, and Society] scholars, and one that would prove useful in many advanced-level STS causes as well.Science, Technology, and Society

Awards

  • 1998 Don K. Price Award, Science, Technology and Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
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