Encyclopedia of Forensic Science is an indespensable resource that will meet the specific demands of students, interested laypeople, and working professioinls who need accurate and straight forward information.
As a recognized scientific field, forensic science is a relative newcomer that represents an expansion of existing disciplines, including chemistry, biology, geology, medicine, and anthropology. The scope and depth of forensic science grow daily, as new technologies are discovered and as society becomes more dependent on the judicial system to solve disputes. There is a significant concern that media coverage and fictional portrayals of forensic science may lead people to exaggerate or misunderstand the role, capabilities and limitations of forensic science. Encyclopedia of Forensic Science is a major contribution toward linking public perception of forensic science to its reality.
Featuring more than 600 cross-referenced entries ( most with their own further reading sources) that detail a topic’s significance and development in forensic science and its relation to other topics, the encylopedia also includes 14 essays interspersed throughout the text that explain how forensic science relates to areas such as drug testing in sports, privacy concerns and the interface of forensic science and forensic engineering. Enhanced by nearly 200 black-and-white illustrations, photographs, charts as well as a full-colour insert.