The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

In The Scientific Sherlock Holmes, James O'Brien provides an in-depth look at Holmes's use of science in his investigations.

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

One of the most popular and widely known characters in all of fiction, Sherlock Holmes has an enduring appeal based largely on his uncanny ability to make the most remarkable deductions from the most mundane facts. The very first words that Sherlock Holmes ever says to Dr. Watson are, "How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." Watson responds, "How on earth did you know that?" And so a crime-solving legend is born. In The Scientific Sherlock Holmes, James O'Brien provides an in-depth look at Holmes's use of science in his investigations. Indeed, one reason for Holmes's appeal is his frequent use of the scientific method and the vast scientific knowledge which he drew upon to solve mysteries. For instance, in heart of the book, the author reveals that Holmes was a pioneer of forensic science, making use of fingerprinting well before Scotland Yard itself had adopted the method. One of the more appealing aspects of the book is how the author includes real-world background on topics such as handwriting analysis, describing how it was used to capture the New York Zodiac killer and to clinch the case against the Lindbergh baby kidnapper. Sherlock Holmes was knowledgeable about several sciences, most notably chemistry. Therefore the book takes a close look at Holmes the chemist and discusses, for example, chemical poisons such as carbon monoxide, chloroform, and Prussic acid (the historical name for hydrogen cyanide). The author also debunks Isaac Asimov's famous assertion that Holmes was a blundering chemist. In addition, the book discusses mathematics, physics, biology, astronomy, meteorology, and geology, always in the context of Holmes's exploits. Sherlock Holmes continues to fascinate millions of readers and movie goers alike. The Scientific Sherlock Holmes is a must-read for the legion of fans of this most beloved of all fictional detectives.

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

The incredible story of how Arthur Conan Doyle combined personal experience with the contemporary fascination with criminality and a profound faith in science to create the world's most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes.

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

The incredible story of how Arthur Conan Doyle combined personal experience with the contemporary fascination with criminality and a profound faith in science to create the world's most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes.

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

This is CSI in foggy old London Town. Chilling, grim fun." —John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds and Sweet Deal "I am recommending this delightful work to all of my fellow forensic scientists.

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

Praise for The Science of Sherlock Holmes "Holmes is, first, a great detective, but he has also proven to be a great scientist, whether dabbling with poisons, tobacco ash, or tire marks. Wagner explores this fascinating aspect of his career by showing how his investigations were grounded in the cutting-edge science of his day, especially the emerging field of forensics.... Utterly compelling." —Otto Penzler, member of the Baker Street Irregulars and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop "E. J. Wagner demonstrates that without the work of Sherlock Holmes and his contemporaries, the CSI teams would be twiddling their collective thumbs. Her accounts of Victorian crimes make Watson's tales pale! Highly recommended for students of the Master Detective." —Leslie S. Klinger, Editor, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes "In this thrilling book, E. J. Wagner has combined her considerable strengths in three disciplines to produce a work as compelling and blood-curdling as the best commercial fiction. This is CSI in foggy old London Town. Chilling, grim fun." —John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds and Sweet Deal "I am recommending this delightful work to all of my fellow forensic scientists.... Bravo, Ms. Wagner!" —John Houde, author of Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists "A fabulously interesting read. The book traces the birth of the forensic sciences to the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. A wonderful blend of history, mystery, and whodunit." —Andre Moenssens, Douglas Stripp Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and coauthor of Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases

A History of Forensic Science

The title of Wagner's book, namely, The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From
Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great
Detective's Greatest Cases, promises to reveal a clear link between Holmes's
scientific ...

A History of Forensic Science

How and when did forensic science originate in the UK? This question demands our attention because our understanding of present-day forensic science is vastly enriched through gaining an appreciation of what went before. A History of Forensic Science is the first book to consider the wide spectrum of influences which went into creating the discipline in Britain in the first part of the twentieth century. This book offers a history of the development of forensic sciences, centred on the UK, but with consideration of continental and colonial influences, from around 1880 to approximately 1940. This period was central to the formation of a separate discipline of forensic science with a distinct professional identity and this book charts the strategies of the new forensic scientists to gain an authoritative voice in the courtroom and to forge a professional identity in the space between forensic medicine, scientific policing, and independent expert witnessing. In so doing, it improves our understanding of how forensic science developed as it did. This book is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of criminology, the history of forensic science, science and technology studies and the history of policing.

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine 10

SHERLOCK. HOLMES. AND. SCIENCE. FICTION,. by. Amy. H. Sturgis. Detective
fiction and science fiction are siblings of a sort. Both are descended from the
Enlightenment's faith in a systematic, comprehensible universe . They even share
a ...

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine  10

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Megazine returns with its September/October 2013 issue, presenting the best in modern and classic mystery fiction! Included this time are the usual columns by Lenny Picker and Mrs Hudson, plus the following stories: Eldritch, My Dear Watson, by Darrell Schweitzer Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction, by Amy H. Sturgis The Adventure of the Docklands Apparition, by Mark Wardecker The Problem of the Three Edwardian Pennies, by Peter Cannon The Curse of Edwin Booth, by Carole Bugge Fool's Gold, by Martin Rosenstock The Adventure of The Lunatics's Ball, by Adam Beau McFarlane Muse With Seven Percent, by Christian Endres Simplicity Itself, by Zack Wentz The Butler Did it, by Herschel Cozine The Case of the Tarleton Murders, By Jack Grochot The Field Bazaar, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine" is produced under license from Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.

Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century

These well-designed pastiches capture Sherlock Holmes' personality and clever
aspects of the Conan Doyle canon, but they also quite effectively place Sherlock
Holmes in the science fiction genre. Although they simulate Conan Doyle's ...

Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century

The 21st century is a good time to be Sherlock Holmes. He stars in the Guy Ritchie films, with Robert Downey, Jr.; an internationally popular BBC television series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch; a novel sanctioned by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate; and dozens of additional novels and short stories, including two by Neil Gaiman. Add to this the videogames, comic books, and fan-created works, plus a potent Internet and social media presence. Holmes’ London has become a prime destination for cinematic tourists. The evidence is clearly laid out in this collection of 14 new essays: Holmes and Watson are more popular than ever. The detective has been portrayed as hero, and antihero. He’s tech savvy, and scientifically detached—even psychologically aberrant. He has been romantically linked to The Woman and bromantically to Watson. Whether Victorian or modern, he continues to fascinate. These essays explain why he is destined to be with us for years to come. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Chemistry and Crime

Papers from a symposium "Chemistry in Crime--Fact and Fiction."

Chemistry and Crime

Papers from a symposium "Chemistry in Crime--Fact and Fiction."

The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

we think of science as a discipline solely concerned with physical realities and
natural processes. The assumption here seems to be that when it comes to
explaining why things happen in our world, we ought to adopt a kind of
methodological ...

The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

Arguably the most famous and recognized detective in history, Sherlock Holmes is considered by many to be the first pop icon of the modern age. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective has stood as a unique figure for more than a century with his reliance on logical rigor, his analytic precision, and his disregard of social mores. A true classic, the Sherlock Holmes character continues to entertain twenty-first-century audiences on the page, stage, and screen. In The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes, a team of leading scholars use the beloved character as a window into the quandaries of existence, from questions of reality to the search for knowledge. The essays explore the sleuth's role in revealing some of the world's most fundamental philosophical issues, discussing subjects such as the nature of deception, the lessons enemies can teach us, Holmes's own potential for criminality, and the detective's unique but effective style of inductive reasoning. Emphasizing the philosophical debates raised by generations of devoted fans, this intriguing volume will be of interest to philosophers and Holmes enthusiasts alike.

The Sherlock Holmes Journal

No one , it seems , was really prepared for how much the public still cared about
Sherlock Holmes . Offers of help and of items to display started to come in from all
over . Most importantly , offers came from the people most involved with the ...

The Sherlock Holmes Journal


Classic Sherlock Holmes

Science. of. Deduction. WE MET next day as he had arranged, and inspected the
rooms at No. 221B, Baker Street, of ... That very evening I moved my things round
from the hotel, and on the following morning Sherlock Holmes followed me ...

Classic Sherlock Holmes

In four novels and fifty-six short stories, the exciting adventures of Baker Street’s most famous resident -Sherlock Holmes Known and loved for over a century, this shrewd amateur detective, with the faithful Watson by his side, has delighted readers across the world. This handsome omnibus edition stands as a lasting tribute to the indestructible sleuth and his famous creator. A Study in Scarlet The Sign of Four The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes The Return of Sherlock Holmes The Hound of Baskervilles The Valley of Fear His Last Bow The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure Collins Classics

One of Conan Doyle's better known otherworks is the science fiction novel The
Lost World, published in 1912. ... Sherlock Holmes was Conan Doyle's
expression of his recognition that the application of empirical science and acute
intellect ...

The Hound of the Baskervilles  A Sherlock Holmes Adventure  Collins Classics

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.

Literature and Science

It was often said of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that he felt overshadowed by his
greatest creation, the master detective Sherlock Holmes. This is true to the extent
that Conan Doyle tried unsuccessfully to “kill off” Holmes in “The Final Problem,”
 ...

Literature and Science

A survey of the interaction between science and Anglo-American literature from the late medieval period to the 20th century, examining how authors, thinkers, and philosophers have viewed science in literary texts, and used science as a window to the future. * Gives clear explanations of scientific ideas ranging from medieval cosmology to modern concepts in astronomy * Organizes the material in chronological order with a chronology and bibliographic essay accompanying each chapter

Remote Sensing in Action

The extended appendices guarantee that all of the science of remote sensing is included in this book of “scientific fiction.” The story covers more than 2000 years, beginning with Pythagoras in ancient Greece and ending with ...

Remote Sensing in Action

Remote Sensing in Action: The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes and Albert Einstein (SEG Geophysical Monograph Series No. 18) by Enders A. Robinson and Dean Clark questions a basic assumption of the scientific method — that new theories or experimental results are communicated effectively by traditional methods (e.g., presentations at professional meetings or publication in a peer-reviewed journal) — and suggests that the scientific method needs to be applied to the scientific method itself to find out if other styles of communication might work better. In a highly entertaining format, the book uses the enormously popular fictional characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to unravel and explain the historical underpinnings of remote sensing. The extended appendices guarantee that all of the science of remote sensing is included in this book of “scientific fiction.” The story covers more than 2000 years, beginning with Pythagoras in ancient Greece and ending with Einstein’s first article on relativity in 1905. Light-years beyond a traditional science textbook, this detective story set in 1905 will teach students of all ages about the exciting journey of scientific discovery.

Sherlock Holmes The Sign of the Four

Science. of. Deduction. Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the
mantelpiece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his
long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his
left ...

Sherlock Holmes   The Sign of the Four

This eBook edition of an intriguing Sherlock Holmes case has been specially formatted for today's e-readers. The Sign of the Four is a popular Sherlock Holmes book written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in the late 1880s, the case features a complex plot involving stolen treasure and a secret pact by four ex-convicts. The book is set in Colonial India, and is critically acclaimed for how well it humanizes the character of Sherlock Holmes (including his drug habit!). This eBook is highly recommended for all fans of the famous detective, and fiction lovers in general.

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

Sherlock Holmes, Scientist He would hardly reply to my questions, and busied
himself all evening in an abstruse chemical analysis which involved much
heating of retorts and distilling of vapors, ending at last in a smell which fairly
drove me ...

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

Full of fascinating how-to skills and evocative illustrations, this must-have guide will appeal to Baker Street Irregulars of all ages. This reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. From analyzing fingerprints and decoding ciphers to creating disguises and faking one’s own death, readers will learn how Holmes solved his most celebrated cases—plus an arsenal of modern techniques available to today’s armchair sleuths. Along the way, readers will discover a host of trivia about the master detective and his universe: Why did Holmes never marry? How was the real Scotland Yard organized? Was cocaine really legal back then? And why were the British so terrified of Australia? For die-hardSherlockians and amateur investigators alike, this handbook is nothing less than . . . elementary.

Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy

Asking the Right Question Sherlock Holmes called his method by many names. It
was the “Science of Deduction and Analysis” or simply “Science of Deduction”
which demands faculties of observation, and deduction, as well as knowledge on
 ...

Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy

This entertaining collection of essays shows that Sherlock Holmes sees things others don’t. He sees the world in a different way, and by so doing, allows us to see that same world – and human behavior – in different ways as well. Oh, sure, there have been countless detectives who have followed in his footsteps and who seem to rival his abilities. Just turn on the TV or browse the local bookshop and you’ll find idiosyncratic super sleuths using forensics and reasoning to solve a whole host of crimes and misdeeds. And yet no one rivals our dear, dear Holmes. Why does Sherlock reign, even more than a century later, as king? Can this mystery be solved? Unable to reach either Holmes or Watson (or Doyle for that matter, though we’ve tried every medium we can think of), we’ve been forced to gather our own team of investigators to practice their powers of observation and perception, to apply their own reasoning and methodologies to the task at hand. The results, I fear, have led us to a number of cases that must be solved first. Is Holmes simply eccentric or a sociopath? Is he human or something from the holodeck? Is he as dangerous on the page as he is in person? Wait – does he even exist? For that matter, do you? (I fear several investigators have been forced to take a much needed holiday after wrestling with that one.) What is the source of his faculty of observation and facility for deduction? Systematic training as Watson surmises? Genetic? Or is he just really lucky? And is this whole logic thing compatible with emotions? Are Holmes and Watson good friends or soul mates? Just what is the nature of friendship? Do they complete each other or just get on each other’s nerves? And why all the secrecy? Disguises? Deceptions? The plot thickens. What is the essence of consciousness? Is the observable world subject to our intentions? Why does Holmes debunk mysticism when Doyle so readily embraces it? Why is Holmes our favorite drug user? Our notebooks are filled with clues and, dare I say, answers. Is there more than one way to define the concept, justice? Is hope necessary in the world? Is boredom? Play? Can any thing really be understood? Objectively? And just what is the last unresolved mystery involving Sherlock Holmes? The game that's afoot isn't just the thing being pursued but the fun to be had as well.

Sherlock Holmes Selected Stories

CHAPTER 1 the science of deduction Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the
corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco
case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and
rolled ...

Sherlock Holmes  Selected Stories

'Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science' For more than a century the Holmes stories have held a strange, almost inexplicable grip on the popular imagination. They are intimately associated with late Victorian and Edwardian society, yet curiously timeless in their appeal. The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, together with their housekeeper Mrs Hudson and their address at 221B Baker Street are as familiar today as when they made their first appearance in the late 1880s. The stories have been endlessly interpreted, adapted, and modernized, but still it is to Arthur Conan Doyle's originals that we return. This new selection of some of the best of them is designed to give readers a full sense of their world: the brooding fog of London, ruined heirs in creaking mansions, and hidden crimes in the farthest-flung corners of the British Empire. The stories take Holmes's career from its early days to its close, and include the book-length Sign of the Four. Barry McCrea's introduction investigates the currents that lie beneath their surface. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.