Chances are you are very familiar with the name “Sherlock Holmes”, the famous private detective with a smoke pipe dangling from his lips.Or you might have seen the modern version of the Sherlock,solving mysteries in London and hosting the blog – The Science Of Deduction.
Doesn’t matter what version of Sherlock you are acquainted with,we all agree that he is one hell of a detective with extreme shrewd senses and sharp observations.
If you have heard of him but never got around to watching him on television,you are missing one of the legends of the 19th and 20th century.
Of course,we are not here to talk about movie or TV portrayed Sherlock,but the good old books one.
I was became aware of the character by a friend of mine who ‘swore’ that Sherlock Holmes is the best fictional detective of all times.At that time, I was a staunch supporter of the clever ‘Hardy Boys’ by Franklin W. Dixon and it never occured to me once that someone can beat Frank and Joe Hardy.The audacity!
I gave up to the relentless proclamations of my friend and gave one of the short stories a reading.I was hoping I don’t get bored.Boy,was I surprised! The first ever story I read was The Adventure Of The Dancing Men,wherein I marvelled at the reasoning and conclusions drawn by the Sherlock Holmes.I still remember one of the quote by him
“What one man can invent,another can discover.”
-The Adventure Of Dancing Men
By the way,my favourite short story is The Adventure Of Sussex Vampire.
No offense to Hardy Boys,but Sherlock blew me away.
William Sherlock Scott Holmes or simply,Sherlock Holmes,a private consulting detective with discerning logical reasoning skills and over confidence (bordering on arrogant), is the character fleshed by the British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Since his first appearance in the Beeton’s Christmas Annual,in the novel, A Study In Scarlet (1887),he has been one of the most eminent and talked-about detective the world was familiar with.A master of disguise and keen forensic expert, Sherlock solves crime mysteries along with his most beloved and perhaps only companion,Dr.John Watson who served in the military in Afghanistan as a physician.
Doyle claims that Sherlock was inspired by Joseph Bell , a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for whom he had worked as a clerk. Bell,similar to Sherlock, was noted for deriving conclusions from tiny,often ignored observations.
THE WAY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Observations- based inferences and deductive reasonings are the methods employed by the detective by which he is able to unravel even the most of the perplexing mysteries of crimes and horrors.It is very explicit by his statement:
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-A Scandal in Bohemia
Sherlock collects exhaustive facts and necessary data surrounding a cryptic crime and then theorises a number of probabilities for the solution.The art of deductive reasoning is the ability to keep striking off the improbable theories of events based upon the facts collected and whatever remains,is and must be the event that had occurred.It is very different from the more logical reasoning wherein the person theorises based upon the evidences found, which could be manipulated by the criminal to cover himself and flee from justice.
Although Sherlock is depicted perspicacious in his abilities to solve complex cases, he is very ignorant to the most general knowledge like the knowledge of the astronomy,literature and politics, because he considers such information as trivia and doesn’t wants to clutter his mind with the information that isn’t needed for him.
In the novel, A Study In Scarlet and short story, The Five Orange Pips,he compares the human brain to an “empty attic” and knowledge to “furniture” in the ‘attic‘.
“A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library where he can get it if he wants.”
-The Five Orange Pips
Sherlock is also never interested nor involved in the tangles of emotions and love affairs for he had never been into any romantic relationship with a woman (or a man,ofcourse).
According to him:
“The emotional qualities are atagonistic to clear reasoning.”
-The Sign of Four
THE COMPLETE WORKS
The Complete Works Of Sherlock Holmes include 56 short stories and 4 novels,namely,A Study In Scarlet,The Sign Of Four,The Hounds Of Baskerville and The Valley Of Fear.
Flipping the pages had never been so exciting and captivating as when I was reading the book.The mystery,the cold-heartedness,the shrewdness of Sherlock are woven into the pages with such great care that it never fails to enchant the reader even if the story is known to him.It’s the methodology and precision with which Sherlock operates which takes the readers with him to the horrific and obscure cases and leave them spell-bound.Once handed any case,Sherlock proceeds to solve it with sheer dedication and nothing sways him until he has reached to the conclusion of the case.I insist that you buy both the Volume 1 and Volume 2, which covers every story and novel in unadulterated form and join Sherlock into some of the most baffling and ingenious crimes and mysteries.You won’t be disappointed and you will learn a lot of things along the way about human psychology and behaviour.
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Until Next Time!