Monday, November 10, 2003

The Science Times at 25

The NYT Science Times celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, with a collection of 25 articles on what it calls "the most provocative questions facing science." Not to be missed is the fascinating essay by William J. Broad and James Glanz on the current prospects of the scientific enterprise, entitled "Does Science Matter?" Overall, the collection is a tour de force of thoughtful scientific journalism.

It is hard to think of any periodical that has done more, over the past 25 years, to bring the modern practice of science to the daily consciousness of the educated public. The writers and editors who labor at this task may feel justly proud.
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.