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

James O’Brien

Abstract

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 ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199794966.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James O’Brien, author