Friday 12 June 2009

How science works

I have been trying to get my head around 'evidence' as a general concept and unsurprisingly lawyers are pretty hung up about this. How 'evidence' in a scientific, engineering and statistical sense interacts with the law is the subject of this very large and authorative US Federal government Handbook on how to use scientific evidence in law courts =$file/sciman00.pdf .

There are extensive chapters on science, stats and engineering and how evidence from these different fields of endeavour should be considered by lawyers and judges.

I had a good detailed read of the chapter on 'How science works' and find it an excellent, informed and irreverent description of what actually happens in science rather than what theoretically happens.