Forensics and the Scientific Method Analytical Essay by scribbler

Forensics and the Scientific Method
Looks at the forensic scientific method by creating an example of its use at a crime scene.
# 152755 | 2,085 words | 11 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 26, 2013 in Criminology (Forensics)

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This paper reviews the history of forensic science, an umbrella term that includes a number of techniques designed to answer scientific questions within a legal environment. Next, the author relates that the manner in which science used logic and deduction bled into the legal profession and, over the next several centuries, became part of forensic science. The paper presents a mock crime report including the initial crime scenario initial findings and tests used in scenario and their interpretation using a scientific methodology. Tables are included.

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Forensics and the Scientific Method

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"Over the next several centuries the manner in which science used logic and deduction bled into the legal profession and, sometimes reluctantly, became part of forensic science. Often, literature leads science - what becomes possible in literature than becomes practical in reality. For example, who can forget Washington Irving's memorable Ichabod Crane from the 1820 story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? In a way, Ichabod is a symbol for the new science of deduction and its use to overcome superstition and intrigue. Similarly, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who first appeared in 1887, was the quintessential detective who used scientific deduction to solve crime. Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based his character on reality, though. Two scientists of the time, Dr. Joseph Bell at the Edinburg Royal Infirmary and Sir Henry Little-John, from the Royal College of Surgeons, are cited as sources for Holmes and his techniques, particularly those involving the new sciences of chemical analysis and fingerprinting.
"With the advances in chemistry, computer science, microscopy, and our understanding of organic chemistry forensic techniques continued to improve. It appears that when there is a need, science will attempt to find answers and, over time, techniques evolve that while controversial at the outset, become commonplace once they stand the test of peer reviewed journals and the Courts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Archimedes' Principle. (2004, January). Retrieved August 2010, from
  • Cain, S. (2009). "The Use of Voice as a Forensic Tool." ExpertPages.
  • Christopher, A. (1972). "A Technique for the Qualitative Spectrographic Analysis of VerySmall Samples." Microchemical Journal. 17 (4): 470-5.
  • Deedrick, D. (2000). "Hairs, Fibers, Crime and Evidence." Forensic Science Communications.2 (3): Cited in:
  • Houck and Siegel. (2010). Fundamentals of Forensic Science. Elsiver.

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