Forensic Science: From Fibers to Fingerprints

Forensic Science: From Fibers to Fingerprints

by Lisa Yount
     
 

Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an eight-volume set based on a simple yet powerful idea-that science and technology are integral to people's daily lives in terms of how they understand the world and each other. Combining biography, scientific reasoning, and history, each volume describes the flow of scientific and technological ideas through the innovations… See more details below

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Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an eight-volume set based on a simple yet powerful idea-that science and technology are integral to people's daily lives in terms of how they understand the world and each other. Combining biography, scientific reasoning, and history, each volume describes the flow of scientific and technological ideas through the innovations that affected society and made further research possible.

Forensic Science is a fascinating overview of 13 individuals who contributed significantly to the development of forensic science. Each chapter contains relevant information on the person's research, accomplishments, ethical or professional obstacles, and lasting contributions and concludes with a chronology and a list of particular print and Internet references.

The individuals (and their areas of research or accomplishment) are: Mathieu Orfila and James Marsh (poison detection), Francis Galton and Edward Henry (fingerprinting), Karl Landsteiner (blood), Alexandre Lacassagne and Edmond Locard (laboratory settings), Calvin Goddard (ballistics), Leonarde Keeler (the polygraph), Lawrence Kersta (voice identification), Clyde Snow (forensic anthropology), William Bass (determining the time of death), Alec Jeffreys (DNA profiling).

Forensic Science includes 40 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, a chronology of notable events in forensic science, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides insight into the human quest for understanding, exploration, and innovation.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
Because of the popular media, forensic science is the hot topic of the day. People wear T-shirts and hats showing their interest. This book illustrates that a crime is not solved in a fifty-five-minute glamorous TV segment. Lisa Yount gives us the best background for the science that is used in forensics, including toxicology, fingerprinting, and voice prints that I have ever read in such a short easy to read book. As with her other books, Lisa Yount verbally paints these people with color and interest. Each technology has a chronology given, highlighting the technology and the inventor. This book is more than an introductory book on forensics. It goes into fascinating details and history that would enhance any classroom or home and would enlighten any reader. The illustrations and pictures add a great deal to the understanding of the text. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys CSI or one of its clones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816057511
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Milestones in Discovery and Invention Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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