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Tal Golan Tal Golan
Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla , California , 92093-0104
(858) 534-3883
H&SS Room: 4044

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Curriculum Vitae

Tal Golan specializes in the history of science in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in the relations between science, technology and law. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley(1997), with a Ph.D.in the History of Science and he taught at the Ben Gurion University before coming to UCSD in 2004.



  • Laws of Man and Laws of Nature: A History of Scientific Expert Testimony, (Harvard University Press, spring 2004).
  • Editor, Science, Technology and Israeli Society, Special Volume of Israel Studies, (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, Summer 2004).
  • Editor, Science and Law, Special Volume of Science in Context , (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, July 1999).

Journal Articles:

  • "Evidence of Things Unseen: The Legal and Medical Receptions of the X-ray in America," Social Studies of Science (2004).
  • "Learning to See: The Origin of Visual Technologies in Medicine and Law," Plilim (Tel-Aviv University Law Review) (2003), 3:59-88.
  • "Blood Will Out: Distinguishing Humans from Animals and Scientists from Charlatans in the Nineteenth-Century Courtroom," Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences (2000) 31:93-124.
  • "History of Scientific Expert Testimony in the English Courtroom," Science in Context (1999) 12:5-34.
  • "The Authority of Shadows: The Legal Embrace of the X-Ray," Historical Reflections (1998) 24:437-458

Current Research

  • The history of scientific expertise in various public arenas.
  • The relations between science and law in 19th century USA.
  • The relations between science and law in Europe-primarily Germany France
  • The history of Israeli science


  • HISC 107. The Emergence of Modern Science (Lecture course)
  • HISC 131. Science, Techonology and Law (Lecture course)
  • HISC 270. Introductory to History of Science (seminar)
  • HISC 170/270. Topics: History of Science and Technology (Lecture course)
  • Laws of Men and Laws of Nature-the history of expertise (Lecture course)