The Forensic Science of CSI

The Forensic Science of CSI

by Katherine Ramsland


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425183595
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 579,829
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katherine Ramsland began her career as a writer with Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice, and has since published 59 books, including the bestselling The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. She holds graduate degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, criminal justice, and philosophy. She teaches forensic psychology and criminal justice at DeSales University.

Table of Contents


1. Scene of the Crime
2. Handling Bodies
3. ID Unknowns
4. Traces
5. We Have a Match
6. Science vs. Intuition
7. The Elements of Reconstruction
8. Criminal Logic10. Forensic Puzzles
11. Evidence Response


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Forensic Science of CSI 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Laurie Rheault More than 1 year ago
I purchased several forensic science books this summer to help me prepare to teach a high school forensics course this fall. I was very disappointed with this one - I came across some sections that contained information that was sometimes questionable or awkwardly worded, to outright wrong, leaving me uncertain about trusting the rest. For example, on pg 88 the author is describing crime lab instruments. In her description of a stereo microscope she writes, "It relies on a light source at the base and a stage that holds the specimen. A hollow tube through which the viewer looks magnifies ... This works best with transparent objects, but can also bring out details if an opaque object is sliced sufficiently thin." It seems as if the author is confusing a compound microscope (with two eyepieces, maybe) with the stereo microscope. The compound microscope uses transillumination, thus the need for thin or transparent objects. A stereo microscope, however, uses incident light illumination (in other words, the light reflects off the object, it does not pass through it like the other scope.) This means that stereo microscopes are great for viewing surface details at low magnifications, providing 3-D viewing of OPAQUE, not translucent, objects. Stereo microscopes also lack a stage, which makes them easy to differentiate from a compound scope. Overall, the entire book is not terrible, but the author seems uncomfortable with her descriptions of the science behind the methods, especially the DNA sections. It was just surprising and disappointing to purchase a "reference" style book containing unreliable or uncertain information. Granted, many textbooks contain their fair share of occasional errors also, but had I known in advance, I would have chosen a different book for my classroom library.
Teresa Bloedel More than 1 year ago
2nd Nook book I bought. I'm also a huge CSI fan. This book is just amazing for any hardcore science fan like myself. LOVE this story(: I understood it completely. Annd I'm only 13!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That forensic in C.S.I book will help you so much if your studing that topic, also it's good just for reading pleasures too. They explain definitions and give the different job descriptions. Also explains proccedure used when doing a certin tests.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good introduction for someone who watches CSI, but knows nothing else about forensics. Unfortunately, it focuses on criminal psychology and interpetation rather than on the evidence itself. For a throrogh, and extremely interesting, guide to the forensic layman, read The Forensic Casebook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 15 years old and I already know what I want t be. A Forensic Scientist. I love this book {and the show on CBS}. I recommend this book to everyone who is as interested as I am about the Forensics in a crime.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Didn't finish. I just don't like Katherine Ramsland, and this just isn't very interesting. She's basically telling you what they do on CSI - not how they do it, and she fails to point out the many things the characters on CSI do that they -would not- do in real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is part television series guide, part forensics primer, and is well written. It gives fairly good definitions, some are left out, due to most people's familiarity with the shows (C.S.I. and now C.S.I. Miami) e.g., 'bindle'-a piece of paper or envelope used for evidence collection. Some of the real life cases are a bit gruesome and not for everyone. A nice guide for fans of the shows, like me, or anyone curious about the science behind this important part of criminology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have purchased this book last week and i am so into it not only because I am taking this major in college but the forensic field has always been an interest to me. I hope everyone that picks this book enjoys it as much as i do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am in 8th grade, but i love forensic science, i have watched any show on it, i am very interested by it. It is so cool how they can find the murderer of a homicide, i can't wait to read this book, it wil be great
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book from a friend and started reading it. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. Before I read this book I didn't think that forensic science look really fun or interesting and once I read your book it changed the whole outlook for me. I know I'm only 15 but I have narrowed my career choices down to 2 choices(a physician or a forensic anthropologist). :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only 11years old and i am in 5th grade.I look exactly like Jorja Fox(Sara Sidle).I have been watching the show for about 3years and just loved it.So when i grow up i want to be in forensice! c.s.i girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. i am only in 7th grade. i sugjest this book to every body
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since my science teacher passed out a "Current Science" issue featuring C.S.I. I was hooked! This is the BEST book for waiting for the next Thursday's episode to come round. If you are a fan of the TV show and are glad that CSI won a People's Choice Award, read it!