Presenting the hard science increasingly required by courts to back up expert opinion in cases that hinge on impression evidence comparison, this book applies the methods of physics, chemistry, and engineering to analysis and interpretation of fingerprints, footwear and tire tread impressions, and bloodstains. Using easily accessible language, it shows the scientific method behind each of these discrete disciplines. It then combines and cross-references the knowledge within each to ultimately present a more generalist approach and thus a more informed judgment.

Forensic Analysis of Wood DNA. Signs of Evolution. Ivory Tower Syndrome. The Ground We Walk On. Measurement. Fluids. Surface Pairings. Bias. Exhibits to Evidence. Validation Study of Three-Dimensional Striations from Outsoles. Potential of Electrostatics. Toward Development of a Unified Theory. Appendix: Terminal Velocity Calculator. Index.