"This new edition addresses one of the fastest-growing subjects in academic curriculum-the forensic sciences. Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of both public and academic interest in the application of scientific techniques to the investigation of crime. The topic list of Salem's new reference set has been carefully constructed to cover the full range of the forensic sciences. You will find detailed essays on specific types of investigations, such as arson, child abduction and kidnapping, homicide, and computer crime; both general and specific investigative techniques, such as autopsies, ballistics, chromatography, crime scene documentation, fingerprint analysis, and polygraph analysis; specialized equipment, such as bomb and nuclear detection devices; and types of evidence, such as fire debris, fibers and filaments, glass, and blood residue and stains. The set includes brief articles on some of the most important federal legislation, selected Supreme Court decisions and a variety of important legal principles to help illuminate the legal dimensions of the Forensic sciences. Forensic Science provides extensive coverage of specific historical subjects that present fascinating case studies in the application of forensic science. These range from overviews of ancient criminal cases and mysteries and ancient science in law and courtrooms to examinations of high-profile modern cases."