30- SECOND FORENSIC SCIENCE
Since the general public have become interested in the gruesome world of forensic science there have been hundreds of books published on the subject, ranging from the exceptional to the truly dire. 30- Second Forensic Science slides into the former category, but don’t expect it to be like anything else you have read. This foray into the dark arts of forensic science deals with 50 investigative techniques, but rather than drown the reader in wordy, overly complicated explanations, it reveals key information in a clear format that can be quickly digested.
The contents are broken up into seven areas; body, biometrics, traces, physical & chemical analysis, natural science evidence, digital records and law & science. Each area has a glossary in case you don’t know your arson from your Ehleringer. The various specialists are given one page to enlighten the reader. As if this wasn’t enough, the investigative techniques have been broken down further: the “3- second clue” gives a succinct overview, “3- minute evidence” delves a little deeper, and the “scenario” offers a detailed explanation. Related topics are suggested, and a key player is considered in the “3- second biography”.
Don’t be put off by the paucity of words, it delivers all the basic information, and unless you are already an expert in the field, you will learn something. The wonderfully macabre illustrations by Nicky AcklandSnow give the text a complimenting quirkiness.
The usual suspects, ranging from DNA analysis to fingerprinting can all be found here, but there are also some unusual topics seldom discussed, such as gait analysis, forensic archaeology and iris recognition.
Each section includes a two- page profile.
Natural Science Evidence, for example, profiles
D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, one of the first biomathematicians. Unsure what that is? Buy the book, give it 30 seconds of your time and you will.
A FORAY INTO THE DARK ARTS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE