This new edition of Forensic Science: The Basics provides a fundamental background in forensic science as well as criminal investigation and court testimony. It describes how various forms of data are collected, preserved, and analyzed, and also explains how expert testimony based on the analysis of forensic evidence is presented in court.The book

FORENSIC SCIENCE AND INVESTIGATION. Introduction to Forensic Science. Crime Scene Investigation. Nature of Evidence. TOOLS OF THE TRADE. Separating Complex Mixtures. Light and Matter. Microscopy. Detector Dogs as Forensic Tools. Digital Evidence, Computer Forensics, and Investigation. Forensic Engineering. PATTERNS AND IMPRESSIONS. Fingerprints and Other Impressions. Questioned Documents. Firearms and Toolmarks. FORENSIC BIOLOGY. Forensic Pathology. Anthropology and Odontology. Forensic Entomology. Serology. DNA Typing. Hair. FORENSIC CHEMISTRY. Illicit Drugs. Forensic Toxicology. Fibers, Paints, and Other Polymers. Glass and Soil. Fires and Explosions. LEGAL ASPECTS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE. Presentation of Forensic Evidence in Court.