Body in Question: Exploring the Cutting Edge in Forensic Science
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Body in Question: Exploring the Cutting Edge in Forensic Science

by Brian Innes, Ronald L. Singer
     
 

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Historically, the work of forensic scientists has gone largely unrecognized despite its invaluable contributions to the prosecution of countless crimes around the world. Even in works of fiction, the detective has been far more widely represented than his or her counterparts in the lab. Then, in 1994, two events dramatically heightened the public's awareness of the

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Historically, the work of forensic scientists has gone largely unrecognized despite its invaluable contributions to the prosecution of countless crimes around the world. Even in works of fiction, the detective has been far more widely represented than his or her counterparts in the lab. Then, in 1994, two events dramatically heightened the public's awareness of the scientists behind the scenes: the advent of reliable DNA identification and the trial of ex-football star O.J. Simpson. Now, the field of forensics is one of the fastest-growing in the scientific community, and the exploits of the multitalented men and women who use science to unravel crimes are widely celebrated in novels, movies, and on television.

Body in Question takes a comprehensive look at the meticulous work and cutting-edge science that go into solving crime today. It examines the broad scope of contemporary forensics, shedding light on the history, technology, and application of each particular specialty the discipline encompasses: microbiology, biochemistry, entomology, and physics, to name just a few. Also included are hundreds of photographs and illustrations—some of them quite graphic—of the pioneering scientists, ingenious criminals, and scientific breakthroughs and processes that are all part of the fascinating history of forensics.

In Body in Question, author Brian Innes has rendered the challenging technical terrain of forensics accessible to everyone, regardless of scientific background. The application of each branch of forensics is illustrated with accounts of numerous real, and some fictional, cases that show the science at work. With a foreword by Ronald Singer, President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and packed with hundreds of photographs—many of them published here for the first time—this book provides an indispensable overview of forensics today.

Brian Innes is an award-winning author who specializes in true crime and forensics. He is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and is chairman of the judges' panel for the annual Gold Dagger award for non-fiction. He has written regularly on forensic matters for the weekly publication Real Life Crimes and is the author of several books about investigative procedure and the criminal mind. In addition to writing countless newspaper and magazine articles, Innes has also contributed entries to several prestigious reference works, including the Encyclopedia Britannica, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and the Marshall-Cavendish Encyclopedia of Science. Innes holds a BSc (Special) and MRSC and spent some years conducting laboratory research before turning to writing as a career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760775608
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
09/20/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.04(d)

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