Forensic science is an increasingly popular, fascinating subject to study. Forensic scientists use their skills to help solve court cases and crimes. While there are endless forensic science documentaries and television shows to catch on Netflix or Hulu (CSI, anyone?), there are also some absolutely amazing books around that are just perfect for real life budding scientists. As we look toward chilly October nights, grab one of the books listed below for a forensic science thrill:
Written by Deborah Blum, this book takes readers back to the twentieth century. In Jazz Age New York City, poisons weren’t well understood and were used to commit numerous mysterious crimes. Some toxins (like morphine) were even in products meant for purchase by consumers, without anyone realizing the potential danger. This is a mesmerizing book for forensic science fans and history lovers alike.
Mary Roach’s Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers certainly isn’t for anyone with a weak stomach. However, if you’ve ever found yourself wondering what happens to a body after death, this book answers everything you ever wanted to ask (and the questions you didn’t think to ask!) in a variety of surprisingly amusing ways. Recommended for older high school and college students.
Have you been wanting to share your love of forensic science with your little brother or sister? Written by Steve Jefferson, this fun book about kids starting a detective agency will have them ready to solve crimes using STEM skills in no time!
This book dives into the history of the forensic science field that we know today. Blood, Bullets, and Bones tells the history of everything from early arsenic poisoning to DNA evidence. After finishing this one, you’ll definitely have an even greater appreciation for how forensic science has changed our court system and cases for the better.
Like Blood, Bullets, and Bones, this book is also a great introduction to the history of forensic science. Forensics, written by Val McDermid, takes you on a wild journey through the earliest beginnings of the science. The writing style is conversational, too, so it feels less like a history book and more like a really incredible podcast in book form.
If you’re a high school senior or new college freshman ready to embark on a career in forensic science, you’ll be enthralled by Bodies We’ve Buried, a book by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch. Bodies We’ve Buried takes you inside The National Forensic Academy, offering readers an in-depth look at real life forensic investigation.
At the Summer Science Academy, forensic science is one of many exciting courses for high school students. At SSA, you’ll participate in real forensic investigations to solve crimes. Plus, after you complete a session at Summer Science Academy, you become eligible for the SSA scholarship to McDaniel College!
The school year may have only just begun, but we all know it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s summer fun! Spend a session with us at Summer Science Academy in 2020. Be ready when we announce our registration dates and stay updated on superb science news by following Summer Science Academy on Facebook.