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Galileo’s Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom
(Basic Books, 1991)

by Peter Huber

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“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 Wildavsky, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

“By combining legal history, psychology, and sociology, Mr. Huber peceptively traces how the situation got out of hand.”
– Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times Book Review

“Junk science! Peter Huber’s catchy phrase accurately describes the kind of bogus science that increasingly pollutes the minds of ill-educated Americans. Huber’s focus is on how junk science has invaded our courts in the form of so-called expert witnesses who for high fees- as Huber puts it, like hookers in June- will defend the most arrant nonsense. It would be amusing were it not for lives lost and medical careers ruined by legal malpractice that promotes medical quackery. Galileo’s Revenge is a witty, informed, hard-hitting indictment of ignorant judges and greedy lawyers. Read it and weep.”
– Martin Gardner, author of Science: Good, Bad and Bogus and The New Age

“Huber presents a lively history of how courts have tried to come to grips with sophisticated medicine and technology.”
– Betty Ann Kevles, Los Angeles Times

“Huber’s book should be required reading for every jurist worthy of his gavel.”
– Charlotte Allen, Washington Times

“An important and timely work by one of our tort system’s most strident critics.”
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