23 Nov

Richard Leary and Forensic Pathways is pleased to support important work on Evidence by William Twining, Philip David and Mimi Vasilaki

Richard Leary is pleased to support this important work on evidence. Richard Leary says…

“This book represents a new and evolving approach to evidence which is so very much needed inour globalised world. We are living in a world where our ability to produce information by whatever means (computers, people, machines, mobile, data etc) is not matched by our ability to manage and make sense of it. This book is an ideal reference and guide to any practitioner involved with processing or analysing data and across any professional sector. Phil is Professor of statitstics at Cambridge and has for many years promoted the greater use and understanding of formal approaches to the analysis of evidence. He is perhaps the worlds leading expert on the use of BAYESIAN statistics in evidential reasoning. William was Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College of London, Fellow of the British Academy and a Queens Counsel. He has promoted for many years the study of evidence as a discipline and is a world expert on Wigmorean approaches to the structuring of legal arguments.”

Edited by Philip Dawid, Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge, William Twining, Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, University College London, and Mimi Vasilaki.

Evidence – its nature and interpretation – is the key to many topical debates and concerns such as global warming, evolution, the search for weapons of mass destruction, DNA profiling, evidence-based medicine. In 2004 University College London launched a cross-disciplinary research programme “Evidence, Inference and Enquiry” to explore the question:

“Can there be an integrated multidisciplinary science of evidence?”

While this question was hotly contested and no clear final consensus emerged, much was learned on the journey. This book, based on the closing conference of the programme held at the British Academy in December 2007, illustrates the complexity of the subject, with 17 chapters written from a diversity of perspectives including Archaeology, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Health, History, Law, Psychology, Philosophy and Statistics. General issues covered include principles and systems for handling complex evidence, evidence for policy-making, and human evidence processing, as well as the very possibility of systematising the study of evidence.

The launch of the book is at 6pm on 29th November at the British Academy and we are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the event.

 Any body interested in ordering the book please contact Forensic Pathways directly by calling 01827 255170

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