Volume 17, Issue 1 (January 1972)
Systems Analysts Look at the Crime Laboratory
Systems analysis has emerged as a scientific discipline only in recent times; nonetheless, the study of systems is by no means a new pursuit of the human mind. The development of a set of standards and procedures or a concept of society or even a theory of the universe is as old as history itself. Man has always sought to find relationships that could provide satisfactory explanations for what he sees, hears, or imagines. Indeed, the history of both the physical and social sciences has been a continuing enlargement upon this theme. The scientific method of inquiry, which demands relevant and dependable relationships for its results, is systems analysis in its broadest sense.