a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Having introduced Sherlock Holmes' most famous enemy, Professor
Moriarty, as a mathematician in an earlier
story, Doyle provides us with just a small glimpse of his
mathematical genius (as opposed to his criminal genius) by mentioning
his thesis "The Dynamics of an Asteroid" which brought him acclaim in
the mathematical/astronomical community. Three other stories (by other
authors) probe the content of this thesis a little further: Isaac Asimov's "The Ultimate Crime", "The Adventure of the Russian Grave" and Ruth Berman's "Professor and Colonel".
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Contributed by the Wendell Urth Society: I recommend very highly "Sherlock Holmes as Chemist" by Isaac Asimov from his book The Roving Mind, published 1983, page 127. This is a brilliant essay on Arthur Conan Doyle's numerous bloopers in mathematics, astronomy, and chemistry in many Holmes stories, including The Valley of Fear.
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