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Richard Meehan

Richard Meehan is an adjunct professor in the Values, Technology, Science, and Society program at Stanford University.

Titles by This Author

Experts, Earthquakes, and Nuclear Power

With wit and thoughtful compassion, Richard Meehan presents one of the most perplexing of contemporary moral predicaments, one that arises in every attempt to assess potentially hazardous technologies. He focuses on the longrunning controversy over suspected earthquake faults near the nation's first corporately owned nuclear test reactor at Vallecitos, California, and uses this account of "the politics of expertise" to probe the nature of scientific truth and its relationship to the determination of public safety.

President of Earth Sciences Associates in Palo Alto and a consulting professor at Stanford University, Richard Meehan's career has taken him from MIT to the Andes of central Chile and to northeast Thailand, where "there were insects that laid eggs in your skin as you slept."