Encyclopedia of Forensic Science / Edition 2

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Gathering the core topics of forensic science into one comprehensive volume and providing an overview of each, Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, Revised Edition is a revised and expanded version of the award-winning original with approximately 650 entries, more than 80 new to this edition. More than 12 essays are interspersed throughout this reliable A-to-Z reference, describing how forensic science relates to areas such as drug testing in sports, privacy concerns, misconceptions about forensic science, and the interface of forensic engineering and forensic science. The encyclopedia is richly illustrated with more than 200 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, plus a full-color insert containing photographs with depictions of firearms, tool marks, and DNA analysis. Most of the photographs were supplied by working forensic scientists in many different organizations. With updated appendixes aiding further research, this essential revised edition will remain the ultimate primer in the subject of forensic science for high school and college students alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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The tremendous growth in popularity of forensic science in popular culture via television shows like CSI and the fictional works of Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell has generated a corresponding growth in public interest in the topic. This book is made up of 15 essays describing the application of forensic science to real-life situations as well as 650 alphabetical entries, most including recommendations for further reading. Bell (chemistry, West Virginia Univ.)-who is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics and whose work has been published in such journals as The Journal of Forensic Sciences and Journal of Analytical Toxicology -writes in a style that is accessible to the general public, explaining some of the relevant broader concepts that underlie scientific work (e.g., the scientific method, hypothesis testing, and stipulation). Also profiled are relevant persons and institutions, including the FBI, the American Board of Criminalistics, Calvin Goddard, and Paul Kirk. Revised appendixes also provide sources for additional information ("Appendix I: Bibliographies and Web Resources") and common acronyms and abbreviations. An index provides additional access to topics covered in the encyclopedia, including main entries and illustrations. Black-and-white illustrations are included throughout the volume, and an insert features four leaves of color illustrations. BOTTOM LINE This resource fills the need for accessible, accurate information on a popular topic. It describes much of the reality of forensic work that is often glossed over in works of fiction. Recommended for public and academicundergraduate libraries as well as high school libraries. [Available electronically through Infobase Ebooks, the publisher's new ebook platform.]-Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816067992
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Science Encyclopedia Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years

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