Learn about the science of Forensics with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.
Forensics is the use of science to solve crimes. The word “forensics” comes from the Latin term “for ensis”, which is closely related to the modern English word “forum”. This close connection highlights the strong linkage between forensic evidence and courts - or forums - of law. The aim of forensic science is to find evidence which can be used in a court of law.
Forensic science has been used in some form for much of human history. For example, in 13th century China, writer Song Ci wrote how to examine a body to determine whether a victim had been drowned or strangled. Water in the lungs meant drowning. And broken cartilage in the neck signified strangulation had taken place. But forensics has developed a lot in the last 800 years!
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This introduction to forensics provides a brief history of the field as well as a more detailed overview of how crimes are investigated in a forensic examination. Subjects covered include the importance of not tampering with evidence, the use of fingerprint examinations, and the rise of both computer forensics and forensic psychology. Performer Ellouise Rothwell's voice is smooth and well-modulated, and the dramatic electronic music playing in the background compliments the material. A useful choice for students interested in pursuing the field, or for curious minds in general.
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