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The Future Engine (1995)
Byron Tetrick

Contributed by William E. Emba

Charles Babbage's son calls on Sherlock Holmes to investigate the theft of the Analytic Engine from its warehouse. The son gives a description of its importance to mathematical calculations. But it's his mention of the role of the binomial theorem in its working that arouses Holmes's interest.

Published in Mike Resnick and M H Greenberg (eds) SHERLOCK HOLMES IN ORBIT.

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction,
MotifSherlock Holmes,
MediumShort Stories,

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