Volume 46, Issue 6 (November 2001)
Review of: Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Encyclopedia: a comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd ed., 1996). This newly released three volume set meets the foregoing definition of an “encyclopedia” with respect to the forensic sciences taken in the broadest possible sense. There are over 200 articles on a very broad range of topics. If one defined the forensic sciences, as the editors have chosen to do for purposes of preparing the encyclopedia, as encompassing almost every area covered by the ten sections of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, from the analytical chemistry- and biochemistry-based to the social science-, generaland even lab management-oriented, there is likely to be some coverage in these volumes. There are complimentary forewords by two internationally high-profile forensic scientists, Henry Lee and Janet Thompson. An international “editorial advisory board,” consisting of a geographically widespread group of well known forensic scientists, is listed in the front matter. Some, but not all of these people were also contributors to individual chapters. The contributor roster is also internationally representative. Many of the contributors are well-recognized authorities in the discipline areas in which they contributed, but others are considerably less so.