Courtroom Use and Misuse of Mathematics, Physics and Finance: Cases, Lessons and Materials Kindle Edition
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Lipson uses Terry v Ohio (ten pages) as his example in logic and set theory. An important case no doubt, but a gratuitous use of ink to make a minor point.
The worked-out examples presented in many areas are plain wrong. His derivation of the slope of an inclined plane on page 91 is wrong. The example of force-of-impact on page 306 is both mathematically wrong and its conclusion irrelevant. If we assume that the car is totaled anyway, the amount of energy converted by the impact of car on tree is irrelevant. The number of Gs the driver experiences is what determines fatality or survival.
Lipson’s publisher, Carolina Academic Press, is not without fault either. When 48 pages of Allen v United States was copied and pasted into the book, no one checked that the Greek letters alpha, beta, gamma, and mu were properly rendered in the printed version. As a result, this excellent summary of the risks of ionizing radiation was rendered useless.
One might overlook misspellings of some proper nouns: Ronald Reagan [Regan] or Jack Lemmon [Lemon]. Misspelling of boson [bozon], ether [either] or the capitalization of Nobel or Hermitian in a science book is sloppy.
Lipson chose a great title, but the work fails to live up to the promise.