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Author O'Brien, James F., 1941-

Title The scientific Sherlock Holmes : cracking the case with science and forensics / James F. O'Brien
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 175 pages) : illustrations
Contents How Sherlock Holmes got his start -- Meet the main characters -- Sherlock Holmes : pioneer in forensic science -- Sherlock Holmes : chemist -- Sherlock Holmes : other sciences
Summary 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. O'Brien provides an in-depth look at Holmes's use of science in his investigations. He reveals that Holmes was a pioneer of forensic science, making use of fingerprinting well before Scotland Yard itself had adopted the method, and discusses mathematics, physics, biology, astronomy, meteorology, and geology, always in the context of Holmes's exploits
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-166) and index
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Subject Holmes, Sherlock.
Chemistry, Forensic -- History.
Criminal investigation -- History.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism.
Forensic sciences -- History.
Science in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199795037 (electronic bk.)
9780199795031 (electronic bk.)