Science and law both strive to ascertain the truth, but the two professions often do not cooperate as fully–and thus, as effectively–as they might in addressing the growing list of intricate problems facing society. Science and technology increasingly interact with the legal system, helping to resolve existing problems and raising new questions of social significance. The active cooperation of lawyers and scientists is needed to increase the beneficial aspects of these interactions and decrease the detrimental ones; the desirability of promoting better understanding by lawyers and scientists of the aspirations and limitations of each other's profession has never been more apparent. This book is designed to help overcome the misunderstandings that often inhibit joint efforts by the two professions and to promote respect for the law-science alliance. The authors of the far-ranging essays are experienced practitioners of law or science and recognized experts at formulating multidisciplinary solutions to complex contemporary problems.
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Also of Interest -- Preface -- Law and Science: A Dialogue on Understanding -- Science, Technology, and the Limits of Judicial Competence -- Regulation of Technological Activities: A New Approach -- Risk and Benefit in Environmental Law -- Uses and Abuses of Forensic Science -- Technology, Enterprise, and American Economic Growth -- Patent Law for Programmed Computers and Programmed Life Forms -- The Limitations of Technology Assessment -- Education in Science, Law, and Engineering
William A. (Tom) Thomas, a former research ecologist, is a research attorney at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. He participates in a variety of activities designed to promote more effective cooperation between science and law.