Beating the Devil's Game

Beating the Devil's Game

A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

Book - 2007
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Today, the basic precepts of criminal investigation--fingerprints, DNA, blood evidence--are known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these familiar concepts is a fascinating story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers for more perfect justice.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, renowned expert in criminology, traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition through the Renaissance and the era of Newtonian physics to the marvels of the present day and beyond. Along the way, she introduces us to forensic pioneers and visionaries who galvanized the field, raised investigative standards, and whose efforts have kept us just steps ahead of increasingly sophisticated criminals.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780425271452
Characteristics: xviii, 300 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 19, 2016

Interesting stories but repetitive and poorly put together. The stories jump around a lot so being not in chronological order creates some confusion. Leaves out a lot of information to tie together history and modern day crime science with cases, there are many examples that could have been used. Fascinating subject though.

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