The Science of Sherlock Holmes

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2006
ISBN: 9780471648796
Characteristics: p. cm


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Feb 08, 2011

A fun look at Victorian era forensics through the lens of it's most famous detective. Great read for anyone interested in the Victorian era, forensics, Sherlock Holmes, or any combination there of.

Feb 05, 2010

How accurate were Sherlock Holmes? methods, really? He?s a fictional character, after all, working in the dark ages of the Victorian era before the invention of electricity, antibiotics, or automobiles. But by solving cases on the basis of tire marks, tobacco ash, and?yes?thumbprints and bullet trajectories, Holmes proves himself an important forerunner in the ever-important field of forensic science. Author, crime historian, and Holmes fanatic E.J. Wagner makes a magical match when she uses the works of Arthur Conan Doyle to explore early crime scene investigation methods. From the ?real? hound of the Baskervilles to Holmes? use of fingerprinting to Conan Doyle?s real-life contemporaries like detective Henry Goddard of the Bow Street Runners and brilliant-but-bigheaded pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury, The Science of Sherlock Holmes guides us through the science?s early experiments and into the accepted practices. There?s also old-fashioned legends and bizarre myths, vampires, Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, and lots of blood and guts. By combining the popularity of two forever-trendy subjects?Sherlock Holmes and forensic science?Wagner succeeds in shedding light on both, pleasing fans of both, and educating and entertaining absolutely everyone.


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