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Professor and Colonel (1987)
Ruth Berman

In this unusual story, we get to see another side to Sherlock Holmes' arch enemy, the brilliant but evil mathematician Professor Moriarty. Here, rather than perpetrating a crime, Moriarty is merely visiting with his brother, discussing the significance of his research into asteroid dynamics. (See also Asimov's take on this same subject.)

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Works Similar to Professor and Colonel
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Ultimate Crime by Isaac Asimov
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by Guy Ritchie (director)
  3. The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King
  4. The Three Body Problem by Catherine Shaw
  5. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
  6. The Future Engine by Byron Tetrick
  7. The Adventure of the Russian Grave by William Barton / Michael Capobianco
  8. Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math and Probability by Colin Bruce
  9. Murder and Mendelssohn (Phryne Fisher Mystery) by Kerry Greenwood
  10. An Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson
Ratings for Professor and Colonel:
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery,
MotifEvil mathematicians, Sherlock Holmes,
TopicAnalysis/Calculus/Differential, Mathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories,

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