With hands-on demonstrations, this book presents the science and the realities of forensic chemistry in a narrative style that makes this timely topic accessible to the nonchemist. The authors lead you through actual and simulated forensic techniques, such aspresumptive and confirmative drug testing, body fluid identification including luminol testing, DNA analysis, trace fiber and gun shot residue analysis, latent fingerprint development, and forensic soil analysis.
Through more than twenty-five demonstrations, using ordinary household products and items, you can become familiar with the basics of forensic chemistry and gain insights into the painstaking work that goes into criminal investigations and is rarely seen on TV.
If you re a fan of true-crime stories or mystery fiction, or interested in the science behind dramas like "CSI," this informative and entertaining book is a must-have addition to your library.
About the Author
Cathy Cobb (Aiken, SC) is the author of Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks: The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry and, with H. Goldwhite, Creations of Fire: Chemistry's Lively History from Alchemy to the Atomic Age. She is currently an instructor of calculus and physics at Aiken Preparatory School and an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Monty L. Fetterolf (Aiken, SC) is professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
"This book is a fresh and engaging look at forensic chemistry. Witty stories frame explanations and real experiments. The perps are in for it, time and time again, because they don't know their chemistry!"
ROALD HOFFMAN, NOBEL LAUREATE
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
"Bravo! The authors bring the excitement of CSI to chemistry with a well-written text and demonstrations that readers can readily do at home. The reader will learn the essential chemistry behind forensic investigations as well as develop a valuable basis in the fundamentals of chemistry."
JOHN A. POJMAN, PhD
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
The University of Southern Mississippi
"What a wonderful way to learn chemistry, experience the thrill of discovery, and have fun, all at the same time. This book does for forensic chemistry what Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes did for detective work."
RICHARD N. ZARE
HHMI Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry