We’ve all seen shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones, etc. where the heroes use forensic science to figure out who committed the crime. Forensics is applying scientific knowledge to legal problems, like crime solving.
It turns out there are many different areas where forensics are used: pathology, medicine, accounting, ballistics, chemistry, psychiatry, anthropology, dentistry, economics… You name the science discipline and someone probably specializes in the forensic version of it.
Being a science geek, I love watching these kind of shows to learn about the science behind criminal investigations. Of course, everything is simplified and accelerated for the sake of solving the crime by the end of the show. Real life isn’t quite so handy.
I would write a story about a character that does forensic investigations as an amateur detective, but in a different time/place. A medieval investigator, such as Cadfael (by Ellis Peters), would be fun. Or a forensic detective on a colony world.
How would you use forensics in a story?