Forensic Comparative Science

Forensic Comparative Science

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

1st Edition - July 20, 2009

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  • Author: John Vanderkolk
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080920016
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123735829

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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.

Key Features

  • Brings the comparative sciences under one philosophy of understanding in regards to terminology, examination method and standards for conclusions
  • Provides standards for conclusions including sufficiency vs. insufficiency for comparisons, individualization, agreement vs. disagreement, and levels of detail required
  • Not only helps gaining scientific and technical knowledge but also helps to understand and appreciate the importance of the comparative sciences to the criminal justice system
  • A ‘must read’ for any forensic science student with an interest in comparative sciences, all trainees in forensic laboratories, and active examiners throughout the world wanting a compilation of many disciplines under one generalized philosophy of examination


Forensic experts/practitioners, forensic students, forensic laboratory trainees, and forensic researchers, Law enforcement and attorneys

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: July 20, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080920016
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123735829

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John Vanderkolk

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