Encyclopedia of Forensic Science

Encyclopedia of Forensic Science

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Baker & Taylor
Presents more than 600 terms and situations significant to forensic science, including blood stains, fingerprints, firearms, DNA analysis, and drug testing in sports.

Book News
This encyclopedia features about 650 cross-referenced entries--including about 80 new to this volume--detailing the significance and development of forensic science and its relation to other fields. The encyclopedia includes 15 essays, interspersed throughout the book, on topics such as myths of forensic science, DNA typing and privacy, drug testing in sports, forensic science and terrorist attacks, and the future of lie detection. The book is illustrated with about 200 b&w photos and drawings, and a section of 21 color photos. Three appendices offer bibliographies and web resources, common abbreviations and acronyms, and the Periodic Table of Elements. The book meets the needs of students, professionals, and general readers. Bell is director of forensic and investigative sciences at West Virginia University. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Facts on File

Praise for the previous edition:
Society of School Librarians International "Honor Book"

"...user friendly and accessible...a book with tremendous potential usage...Highly Recommended." Library Media Connection, starred review

"...an excellent source...Essential..." Choice

"...will provide readers with a nuts-and-bolts understanding of the real world of forensic science and is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries." Booklist

"...[a] handsome, polished reference work...should be among the more frequently consulted reference works in public and university libraries." American Reference Books Annual

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.

New and revised entries include:

  • Accidental characteristics
  • Airplane crashes
  • Alchemy
  • Anthropology, forensic
  • Birch Method
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Robert Boyle
  • Color and colorants
  • Crime labs (forensic labs)
  • CSI and CSI effect
  • DNA wars
  • Dust analysis
  • Environmental forensics
  • Explosive power
  • Glove prints
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Lindbergh kidnapping
  • Madrid bombings
  • Albertus Magnus
  • Oaths and ordeals
  • Sir William Brooke O'Shaughnessy
  • Paracelsus
  • Rigor mortis
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
  • Skeletal identification
  • Sir Bernard Spilsbury
  • Vinland Map
  • Zwikker test
  • and more.

& Taylor

Presents more than six hundred terms and situations significant to forensic science, including blood stains, fingerprints, the O.J. Simpson case, and saliva.

Publisher: New York, NY : Facts On File, [2008]
Edition: Revised edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780816067992
Branch Call Number: REF 363.25 Bell 2008
Characteristics: xvi, 402 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm


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