Case Files

Case Files

40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science

Book - 2011
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A fascinating look at how scientists solve today's mysteries and centuries-old "cold cases."

Savvy investigative work and scientific knowledge combine to answer perplexing questions and to uncover long-unknown truths. Using a trail of evidence - clues, careful observation, laboratories and new testing protocols - scientists reveal intriguing answers to such questions as: What really killed Beethoven? Are the Hitler diaries real or fakes?

The stories and sidebars show how scientists collect clues, analyse them, test theories, and arrive at solutions - or gather enough evidence to support further investigation. The cases involve branches of science as wide-ranging as astronomy and biochemistry to geology and physics.

These are gripping high-interest stories for middle-grade non-fiction lovers, with Canadian content throughout. A helpful index and glossary are also provided.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2011.
ISBN: 9781443100007
Characteristics: 155 p. :,ill. ports. ;,20 cm.


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Aug 03, 2018

Deviating from the fictional storytelling that most modern books contain, Case Files presents various mysteries, some age-old, others requiring thorough investigation. Using actual scientific methods and the analysis of evidence, forensic scientists are able to find the answers to gripping topics, like the cause of death of Beethoven, or the pirate Blackbeard's true demise. This book is highly recommended for readers that are interested in the sciences field, as the author takes them through laboratory processes, the testing of numerous key pieces of evidence in a case, as well as observational techniques. It promotes the powerful skills of critical thinking, showing how to interpret information, to come to plausible solutions. With language that is simple enough to understand, scientific concepts become clear and enjoyable for readers in their adult or teenage years. Rating: 4 of 5
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Dimmu16 Aug 19, 2014

Extremely interesting read.

Apr 16, 2013

really good book. i suggest people who can't stand blood or really scary and gross descriptions shouldn't read this book. this book has a lot of blood in it. i enjoyed the book because of the way the mysteries were solved. good book for people who like mysteries.

librarylin19 Apr 10, 2013

Very interesting; I learned alot. Recommend it for older kids/teens and adults, because of the topics.

Apr 09, 2013

a good, intresting book with many mysteries

Jan 24, 2013

Very good book, very interesting to read. The pictures are scary.

Jan 22, 2013

COOL AUTHOR FACT: When was ten years old, LARRY VERSTRAETE used a printing press to print stories that he and his friend had made up about their neighbours!

Jan 17, 2013

Really good, but a little creepy sometimes.

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librarylin19 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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