Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth (Hardcover)

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Chemists and science authors Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf have teamed up with Jack G. Goldsmith, fellow chemist and reserve police officer, to create another intriguing trek through the science of chemistry, this time using the fascinating field of forensic chemistry as their framework. All new hands-on demonstrations and fictional minute mysteries illustrate chemical concepts as the authors present 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 as
presumptive and confirmative drug testing
body fluid identification including luminol testing
DNA analysis
trace fiber and gun shot residue analysis
latent fingerprint development and collection
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 that 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.

Praise For…

"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!"
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Cornell University

"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."
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."
HHMI Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
Stanford University

Product Details
ISBN: 9781591025054
ISBN-10: 1591025052
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: August 2007
Pages: 394
Language: English