Forensic Comparative Science

Qualitative Quantitative Source Determination of Unique Impressions, Images, and Objects


  • John Vanderkolk

While there is no such thing as a perfect match in the field of forensic comparative science, Forensic Comparative Science: Qualitative Quantitative Source Determination of Unique Impressions, Images, and Objects provides the experience, understanding, and judgment, necessary for concluding whether two unique images share common origin from a unique and persistent source.

Knowing there will be ranges of different levels of details throughout images, the expert must be able to comprehend when a sufficient quality and quantity of details is reached to render a judgment. By utilizing a process of analyzing the first image, analyzing the second image, comparing them to each other, and evaluating the significance of the analyses and comparisons based on expertise, the comparative scientist will be able to recognize the belief and believe the recognition that occurs during comparative examinations.

Forensic Comparative Science presents a philosophical and theoretical approach to explaining the cognitive process of comparative measurements and source determination. Science is about understanding and generalizing nature. This book is about generalizing comparative science.
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Forensic experts/practitioners, forensic students, forensic laboratory trainees, and forensic researchers
Law enforcement and attorneys


Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373582-9

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Recognizing Belief
Chapter 2: Believing Recognition
Chapter 3: Unique and Persistent Surfaces of the Source
Chapter 4: Ranges of Levels of Details in Images
Chapter 5: Qualitative Quantitative Relationship of Details
Chapter 6: Analysis, Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification
Chapter 7: Fractures, Tears, and Separations
Chapter 8: Tools and Guns
Chapter 9: Shoes and Tires
Chapter 10: Unique Surface Structures on a Body
Chapter 11: It Just Does Not Matter