Beating the Devil's Game

Beating the Devil's Game

A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

Book - 2007
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An authoritative history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation, from the author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Human Predator. Today, the basic scientific precepts of criminal investigation-fingerprinting, DNA, ballistics, and more-are widely known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these now-commonplace concepts is a compelling story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers and reputations for the sake of justice. Dr. Katherine Ramsland traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition rates through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day and beyond.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780425217115
9780425271452
Characteristics: xviii, 300 p. ;,24 cm.

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RaewynH
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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