Forensic Science / Edition 3

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Overview

This book provides a clear and authoritative introduction to forensic science. It is comprehensive in that it covers the core topics throughout the process of doing forensic science: from collecting evidence at the crime scene; through the analysis of that evidence; through to the presentation of the scientific findings in court.

Scientifically rigorous, the book is primarily aimed at undergraduates starting out on forensic science degree programmes or those taking a forensic science elective module. Due to the book’s accessible and engaging tone related professions such as lawyers or police officers may also find this of interest as may the general reader who simply wishes to learn more about the subject.

Case studies, chapter objectives and summaries and exercises feature throughout to enhance the reader’s learning experience.

"A useful and relevant text which serves as a primer for students to
understand current processes and structures. Well laid out and
illustrated; a very readable text which is objective and factual in its
presentation."

Rob Bird, Coventry University (formerly SIO/Police Superintendent)

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Editorial Reviews

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'I recommend this book to all first-year forensic science students, but it also has something to say to those in more advanced years and even postgraduates. Lawyers, scene of crime investigators and police officers should also find this book of considerable interest.'
Professor Brian Caddy, Former President of the Forensic Science Society – review for Education in Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry

'The authors convey serious messages in a rigorous but accessible and engaging manner. I would thoroughly recommend this text as an educational resource for all those teaching the early stages of courses incorporating forensic science and as an insightful and well-organised summary for those they teach.'
Professor Robert Hillman, Leicester University - review for Higher Education Academy, Physical Sciences Centre

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780273738404
  • Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Edition number: 3

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

  1. Introduction to forensic science
  2. The crime scene
  3. Trace and contact evidence, part 1: recoverable materials
  4. Trace and contact evidence, part 2: fingerprints and other marks and impressions
  5. The examination of body fluids
  6. The analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA): DNA profiling
  7. Forensic toxicology and drugs of abuse
  8. Questioned documents
  9. Firearms
  10. Fires
  11. Explosions and explosives
  12. The forensic examination of human remains
  13. Statistics and the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of evidence
  14. Forensic science in court

Appendix 1 Sign of elongation and typical birefringence values for man-made fibres

Appendix 2 Values of t

Glossary

Index

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