Superstition, Science, and Sherlock Holmes
Lecture with E.J. Wagner, crime historian and author. This presentation is part of the ongoing series Crimes, History and Mystery.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | 7:00 pm
Sherlock Holmes may be a fictional character, but he had a very real influence on the development of criminalistics during the Victorian Era. E. J. Wagner is the author of the Edgar®-award-winning book The Science of Sherlock Holmes, which describes the real forensic science behind the legendary sleuth. Drawing on examples of landmark 19th century cases, E. J. Wagner explores how during the gaslight era, the scientific investigation of crime evolved from myth and magical beliefs with more than a little help from Mr. Holmes. Book signing to follow.
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