ERIC Number: ED343778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Today's Courtroom.
Gerber, Samuel M., Ed.
The application of the principles of chemistry both for committing crimes and for tracking down criminals interests audiences of all ages and walks of life. This interest is the reason for the long-standing popularity of fictional works that describe crimes made possible by the criminal's knowledge of chemistry and crimes solved by the sleuth's knowledge of chemistry. The first section of this book presents three chapters on chemistry in fictional crimes. A discussion of the influences of Arthur Conan Doyle's medical school professors on his fiction opens the book. In the next chapter, Dorothy L. Sayers' extensive knowledge of chemistry is displayed through an examination of three of her works. Various methods used for testing blood in 1875 are presented in the last chapter of this section. The second section contains chapters that discuss the present state of the art. The first two chapters in this section detail recent changes in the field of forensic science and provide definitions, explanations, and a short history of forensic science and criminalistics. The chemical composition and analysis of bullets and the uses of this information in some famous murder cases, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy are then discussed. Bloodstain analysis is the subject of the next two chapters: one on case histories and one on serological and electrophoretic techniques. The last chapter presents results of a 2-year study of four police jurisdictions to determine the kinds of physical evidence collected and used in typical criminal investigations. (KR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Chromatography, Crime, Criminology, Fiction, Higher Education, Homicide, Human Body, Resource Materials, Science Activities, Science Education, Secondary Education
American Chemical Society, Distribution Office, Department 225, 1155 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($19.95 cloth, $16.95 paper).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.