Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation

Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation

Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation

Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation

Synopsis

Behind today's most lurid headlines. A timely look at the fascinating realm of high-tech sleuthing Beyond the Crime Lab The New Science of Investigation Revised Edition The science of criminal investigation is evolving at an astonishing rate. Gone are the days of merely dusting for fingerprints and checking for lipstick traces. Today's forensics experts use DNA typing, computer and physical anthropologic reconstructions, and other highly sophisticated techniques-techniques that some critics believe have dire implications for every citizen's right to privacy and individual freedom. Completely updated to address the latest trends and developments in the field, this revised edition of Beyond the Crime Lab takes you on an entertaining and sometimes alarming journey through the incredible and perpetually advancing world of criminal investigation.

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It probably is a happy coincidence that what we today would consider to be modern science and political philosophy have developed somewhat in parallel since the late 1700s. In fact, some would argue that the ideas of democracy and capitalism are necessary for the full flourishing of scientific thought and expertise.

The strains between social organization and individual rights in Western societies—the idea that there is a civil leadership instead of (or as well as) a religious or royal one, and that, in many instances, the civil authorities take precedence—led to the notion that crimes are committed not only against an individual, against the church, or against the king, but also against “the people, ” “the state, ” or “the Commonwealth.”

Since at least the eighteenth century, the civil societies of the West have organized the fight against crime and have . . .

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