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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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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by Guy Ritchie (director)
  3. Schaurige Mathematik by Alexander Mehlmann
  4. The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King
  5. The Incredible Umbrella by Marvin Kaye
  6. The Three Body Problem by Catherine Shaw
  7. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
  8. The Fourth Quadrant by Dorothy Lumley
  9. The Future Engine by Byron Tetrick
  10. The Adventure of the Russian Grave by William Barton / Michael Capobianco
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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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