The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes : Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

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Arthur Conan Doyle's enduringly popular Sherlock Holmes has his own undeniable place in the public eye. Holmes is often seen applying concepts of some branch of science in his work, discussing scientific matters with Watson, or is involved in situations where the applicability of the formal sciences is apparent. The Scientific Sherlock Holmes connects Holmes' vegetable poisons with concepts in botany, his use of fingerprinting with forensic science, and carbon monoxide poisoning and hemoglobin tests with concepts in chemistry, thus integrating the Holmes stories with all branches of science.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 40b&w
  • 0199794960
  • 9780199794966
  • 561,322

About James O'Brien

James O'Brien is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Missouri State University.show more

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essentially a pocket guide to the science in Holmes's adventures - short enough to read quickly but packed full of facts and quotations from Conan Doyle's 60 stories about the maverick detective. Christine Sutton, CERN Courier Engaging and enlightening, this book will probably be most appreciated by those who are new to the Sherlock Holmes stories or to the history of forensics, by fans of Cumberbatch's Sherlock who are seeking a deeper understanding of the stories, and also by "Sherlockians" who devoutly read everything ever published about their fictional hero. GrrlScientist, the Guardian, 22/01/2014 One need not be a scientist or a previous Holmes fan to enjoy this book. R. E. Buntrock, CHOICE this book is highly recommended as a valuable addition to the library of Holmesians and Sherlockians everywhere. Stephen Wade, Times Higher Educationshow more

Table of contents

Introduction ; Chapter 1. How Sherlock Holmes Got His Start ; Chapter 2. Meet the Main Characters ; Chapter 3. Sherlock Holmes: Pioneer in Forensic Science ; Chapter 4. Sherlock Holmes: Chemist ; Chapter 5. Sherlock Holmes: Other Sciences ; Conclusion ; Appendixshow more
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