Forensic Science

Forensic Science

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By (author) Andrew R. W. Jackson, By (author) Julie M. Jackson

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  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 28mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0131998803
  • ISBN 13: 9780131998803
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 159,467

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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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'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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From reviews of the first edition: '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"This book is the perfect starting point for any newcomer to the field of forensic science. It examines the entire process of conducting forensic science, from the collection of evidence at the crime scene, through the examination of that evidence, to the presentation of scientific findings in court. The book is scientifically rigorous but written in a friendly and engaging style making it the ideal companion for undergraduate students beginning a forensic science course; as background for MSc students; as a reference for related professions such as lawyers or police officers; or simply for the casual reader who wants to learn more about this fascinating area.Key featuresClear coverage of the core topics in forensic science A guest chapter on the rapidly-developing technique of DNA profiling Case studies appear throughout, putting everything in real-life context Chapter objectives and summaries highlight the key aspects of each topic End-of-chapter exercises help to reinforce learning A glossary of commonly used forensic science terms Additional material on forensic science techniques is provided in separate boxesNew to this editionA brand-new chapter focusing on the interpretation and evaluation of evidence New material on polarised-light microscopy New coverage of forensic archaeology Dr Andrew Jackson is Principal Lecturer in forensic science at Staffordshire University, UK. Dr Julie Jackson is a freelance science writer, with a background in biology. Dr Harry Mountain is a Senior Lecturer in molecular biology at Staffordshire University, UK, with a special interest in forensic genetics.

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements * Introduction to forensic science * The crime scene * Trace and contact evidence, part 1: recoverable materials * Trace and contact evidence, part 2: fingerprints and other marks and impressions * The examination of body fluids * The analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA): DNA profiling * Forensic toxicology and drugs of abuse * Questioned documents * Firearms * Fires * Explosions and explosives * The forensic examination of human remains * Statistics and the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of evidence * Forensic science in court Appendix 1 Sign of elongation and typical birefringence values for man-made fibres Appendix 2 Values of t Glossary Index