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, PhD (Aiken, SC), is the highly acclaimed author of The Joy of Chemistry, Creations of Fire, and Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks. She is currently an instructor of chemistry, calculus, and physics at Aiken Preparatory School and adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Monty L. Fetterolf, PhD (Aiken, SC), is the co-author of The Joy of Chemistry and professor of chemistry at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Jack G. Goldsmith, PhD (Lexington, SC), is a reserve officer and information management officer for the Town of Lexington Police Department and former associate 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