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Color Atlas and Manual of Microscopy for Criminalists, Chemists, and Conservators [Hardcover]

Nicholas Petraco , Thomas Kubic
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Sept. 29 2003 0849312450 978-0849312458 1
Professionals in many disciplines, from archeology to forensic science and anthropology, must be able to identify organic and inorganic fibers and particles. In a single source, this book presents a range of simple methods to help readers quickly characterize and identify a broad range of materials. Covering substances such as hair and fibers, minerals and soils, paints, drugs, and dust, the book presents the basic principles of microscopy and directions for sample preparation and examination. Most importantly, it offers more than 400 color photomicrographs of the most commonly encountered materials for specimen comparison and rapid identification.

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This book appeals on several levels; it is very attractive for one. Color photomicrographs, figures and illustrations are to be found on almost every page … . These serve to illustrate not only the microscopical appearance of microscopic objects but also to illustrate techniques of sample preparation and analysis. … [I]t is certainly worth the price given the extensive use of high quality color illustrations. Another notable feature is the range of topics covered. … [T]his is an excellent book that will be of constant use to the new microscopist and a resource for the experienced one. It is highly recommended for anyone who uses the microscope as an analytical tool to be frequently consulted and to be simply enjoyed for browsing.
- Journal of Forensic Science, Sept. 2004, Vol. 49, No. 5

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The ability to identify and characterize a wide variety of materials rapidly and accurately has long been a desirable goal in the disciplines of forensic science, chemistry, art history, and art, architectural, and archeological conservation. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but could be better July 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This "atlas and manual" is okay, but could be better.
The many images entice the reader/viewer. However,
the detractions are numerous. For instance, there
is an over abundant usage of acronyms. Secondly, many
chapters are too few pages and followed by splattering
of references. This reader believes the authors are
displaying their bookshelf in the reference sections.
Thirdly, there are many redundant images and charts.
Fourthly, many of the schematics are unprofessional
graphics, as if drawn in MSPaint. Fifthly, the figures
on common minerals and their crystal systems confuses
the reader/viewer with their morphology. There are some
technical errors, such as stating that "fiber glass" is
made from "silicone dioxide" and it is a "natural" polymer.
"Silicone".....really! Finally, I shall be sure to purchase
"melt mount".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Color Atlas of Microscopy March 2 2008
By P. Diaczuk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for both students enrolled in a college-level forensic microscopy course and for practicing forensic scientists as a desk reference. It is packed with hundreds of color photomicrographs that are referenced and described in the text. Diagrams assist in understanding light paths through specimens. Actual case studies from Petraco and Kubic integrate the theoretical concepts with practical applications.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but could be better July 3 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This "atlas and manual" is okay, but could be better.
The many images entice the reader/viewer. However,
the detractions are numerous. For instance, there
is an over abundant usage of acronyms. Secondly, many
chapters are too few pages and followed by splattering
of references. This reader believes the authors are
displaying their bookshelf in the reference sections.
Thirdly, there are many redundant images and charts.
Fourthly, many of the schematics are unprofessional
graphics, as if drawn in MSPaint. Fifthly, the figures
on common minerals and their crystal systems confuses
the reader/viewer with their morphology. There are some
technical errors, such as stating that "fiber glass" is
made from "silicone dioxide" and it is a "natural" polymer.
"Silicone".....really! Finally, I shall be sure to purchase
"melt mount".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good printing - substandard content Nov. 14 2007
By B. Seubert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book is apparently put together from a couple of PowerPoint presentations. The printed graphics are partly very poor and commonly unsystematic, rarely explaining the point they attempt to make. References to standard text books and further studies are inadequate. The frequent and unnecessary use of abbreviations makes some chapters difficult to read. Some technical mistakes and misleadingly unprecise text passages have been spotted.
This book is too confusing for the novice of the field who just wants only an introduction and much too light-weight and superficial for the advanced reader.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microscopy color atlas March 3 2008
By Dale K. Purcell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This textbook is a must have for both practicing microscopists and students of microscopy. The text photographically illustrates proper techniques used by professional microscopists in a variety of microscopical applications. The references provided with each chapter provide a great avenue for further studies. I highly recommend this textbook to college professors who teach introductory or advanced techniques of microscopy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick & comprehensive reference manual March 3 2008
By NYCBuyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is an extremely useful reference manual to have on hand for all microscopists. For the novice, it covers all the basics of microscopy that you will need to know. For the advanced students, it is a well-organized reference guide you will return to again and again. It's populated with lots of photographs and charts, and is an easy read. A definite must for any forensic criminalist's library!
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