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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons; Auflage: 1. Auflage (3. Juli 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0470128232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470128237
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 1,8 x 22,7 cm
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“This book deservedly won an Edgar and should be on the shelves of anyone interested in Holmes’s methods”. The Sherlock Holmes Journal Summer 2008

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"E. J. Wagner demonstrates that without the work of Sherlock Holmes and his contemporaries, the CSI teams would be twiddling their collective thumbs. Her accounts of Victorian crimes make Watson's tales pale! Highly recommended for students of the Master Detective."
—Leslie S. Klinger, Editor, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

"Holmes is, first, a great detective, but he has also proven to be a great scientist, whether dabbling with poisons, tobacco ash or tire marks. Wagner explores this fascinating aspect of his career by showing how his investigations were grounded in the cutting-edge science of his day, especially the emerging field of forensics . . . Utterly compelling."
—Otto Penzler, member of the Baker Street Irregulars and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop

"A fabulously interesting read. The book traces the birth of the forensic sciences to the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. A wonderful blend of history, mystery, and whodunit."
—Andre Moenssens, Douglas Stripp Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and co-author of Scientific Evidence in Criminal Cases

"In this thrilling book, E. J. Wagner has combined her considerable strengths in three disciplines to produce a work as compelling and blood-curdling as the best commercial fiction. This is CSI in foggy old London Town. Chilling, grim fun."
—John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds and Sweet Deal

"I am recommending this delightful work to all of my fellow forensic scientists . . . . Bravo, Ms. Wagner!"
—John Houde, author of Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists

"E. J. Wagner has pulled off a double triumph. She has identified and ingeniously explored an aspect of Sherlock Holmes not already picked over by the legions of admirers of the Great Detective. And she has written a book that will nevertheless hold the interest of those benighted people who have read none of the 60 Holmes adventures penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle . . . her recounting of the history of forensics is so masterful and, for the most part, riveting."
Toronto Star

"This well-researched book will be appreciated, therefore, not just by devotees of Holmes... but by anyone interested in the Victorian beginnings of forensic science, and those who have enjoyed the more recent portrayals of science in crime detection, such as CSI and Silent witness."
—Andrew Milton, Chemistry World.

"What really makes The Science of Sherlock Holmes stand out is Wagner's easy and engaging style. The book reads like a series of highly entertaining and informative lectures making the subject matter accessible to both the layman and serious student alike... Bottom line: An absolute must-have addition to the Sherlockian non-fiction shelf that is highly recommended to the general reader, Sherlockian and even, dare I say it, CSI fan."
—Charles V. Prepolec, Sherlock Magazine

"There have been lots of books about the great fictional detective and arguably even more about how we forensic scientists came to be doing things the way we do now. If, like me, you enjoy books on both the history of forensic science and on Sherlock Holmes, then this is the one to read."
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von ArrowPen TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 16. Februar 2014
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Die Autorin, E.J.Wagner, ist Kriminalhistorikerin, Dozentin und u.a. Moderatorin des jährlichen forensischen Forums im Stony Brook University's Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences. Mit anderen Worten - sie weiß, wovon sie schreibt.

Und sie schreibt von den forensischen Methoden des viktorianischen Zeitalters anhand der berühmtesten Fälle des Meisterdetektivs Sherlock Holmes, streift auch andere Gebiete, z.B. Jack the Ripper.

In ihrem Vorwort schreibt die Autorin z.B. "As I write this in 2005, when superstition threatens to seduce the civilized world with its dangerous embrace and science is dismissed in some quaters as merely an amoral discipline that humanity is free to abandon, a literary hero who possesses both intellect and a sense of ethics is particularly compelling".

Damit weist die Autorin natürlich auf Sherlock Holmes, der zwar ein fiktiver Charakter ist, aber in der Art, wie er von Arthur Conan Doyle gezeichnet wurde, zeigt, daß Wissenschaft keine simplen Antworten bereitstellt, doch eine Methode des Formulierens von Fragen, die zu Antworten führen können.

Begleitet von Holmes' Fällen führt die Autorin den geneigten Leser durch die Welt der Toxikologie, Medizin, Pathologie, Chemie, Anatomie...und läßt ihn teilhaben an der Entstehung der ersten forensischen Methoden im neunzehnten Jahrhundert.

Für eine Person wie mich, die mit Sherlock Holmes aufwuchs und ihn nach wie vor gerne liest, bietet dieses großartige Buch eine Menge Gehirnnahrung. Und es macht schlichtweg Spaß!
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Mark O'Neill am 13. November 2006
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Being a Sherlock Holmes fan, I grabbed this book when I found out about it and I read it in one day. What a wonderful and fascinating book!

The book covers all the different branches of forensic science such as footprints, fingerprints, ballistics, autopsies, blood typing, document forgeries and so on. Each chapter covers a different forensic science and it goes into the background of each one - who discovered the new techniques, how each forensic science developed over the years, how crimes were solved (or not solved) before that particular strand of forensics was invented, and the author illustrates this by discussing real-life crimes which were solved using this forensic method (so this book is great for true-crime fans like me).

Also in each chapter, the author discusses how Sherlock Holmes utilised each forensic science and how he used it to solve his mysteries. Holmes stories are quoted extensively to prove that without forensic science, Holmes may never have got his man (or woman) in the end.

Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes and / or fans of criminology.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von B. Mux am 8. November 2006
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Among the piles of books produced to feed the current forensics fad, "The

Science of Sherlock Holmes" stands out both by its unusual idea and by its entertaining,

easy-to-follow style.Each of the 13 chapters concentrates on a specific forensic problem

as it appears in the Sherlock Holmes stories: footprints, fingerprints, proving poisons,

testing samples of soil, analysing bloodstains etc. Discussing real crimes and their

sometimes uncanny resemblance to the fictional ones,Wagner shows how the forensic

sciences developed. Encouraging critical thinking, the author demonstrates how Holmes

and his real life colleagues had to struggle not only against the natural difficulties

of the case, but also against superstition and prejudice.This, too, makes the book

special among its kind: it does not mystify, neither the criminal nor the detective.

All in all, a book worth reading.
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Decent History of Forensics 5. Juni 2006
Von Rick Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This short book is an interesting history of forensics.

Based upon the subtitle, I thought the author would spend more time applying forensic science to Sherlock Holmes' cases. Instead, Sherlock Holmes, and obviously Conan Doyle, are used in two peripheral ways. They are used to introduce a topic or, occasionally, and more interestingly, Ms Wagner would relate a true crime that occurred before a Holmes story was written, then show the parallels that indicate that Doyle based his story on that true crime.

So, if you pick this up because you are a big Sherlock fan expecting insight into those stories you will be disappointed. If, however, you find forensics at all interesting, you will enjoy this book.

Ms Wagner follows the developing science of criminal investigation from its infancy in the nineteenth century into the earliest twentieth century. Thus, true to the subtitle, she limits her history to around Doyle's time.

Ms Wagner included in the book many many examples of crime solving - or unsuccessful attempts at crime-solving. Her examples are, almost without fail, interesting and entertaining. Those examples keep the book moving and prevent it from being a mere recitation of developments in forensic science. Also included are interesting sidelights, such asthe fact that many autopsies were done on the dining room table of the house in which the murder was committed. These pearls also engage the reader.

As noted, this was a short book. I got to the end and wished there were more.
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For the Love of Science of Sherlock 13. Juni 2006
Von Laura James - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a shining example of excellence, an A. Author E.J. Wagner's absolute command of the facts, crisp summaries of the most famous cases, her irony and subtle sarcasm -- I am very, very impressed. And in this genre, I am a hanging judge.

To be honest, I had reservations when I first heard about this book. Sure, there was plenty of excited murmuring among the die-hards in the Holmesian set. But many recent historic crime titles that took on topics of broad scope just absolutely flunked the quiz. As an attorney who has studied historic true crime for longer than I care to relay, I'm a very tough audience for an encyclopedic treatment of the subject. Check out my review of "Homicide: 100 years" and you'll see just one example of an author that butchered a promising premise.

But E.J. Wagner does not disappoint. If the Science of Sherlock Holmes contains any factual errors, I was hard-pressed to spot a one of them. In Wagners quite capable hands, the science, the real mysteries, and the fiction are woven together seamlessly. Wagner fills her early history of forensic science with larger-than-life characters and bizarre murder cases, from "the dark delights of the Borden mystery" to the famous Dreyfus affair, Charles Bravo case, Dr. Crippen, Hauptmann, Jack the Ripper, the Tichborne scandal, Constance Kent, and so on. Many of the interesting cases she mentions are new even to me. And she relays these stories in delightful prose -- I was often reminded of the crisp wit of my all-time favorite crime writer Edmund L. Pearson, and few other authors have ever so reminded me.

She also explains the earliest advances in forensic science -- but doesn't leave out such faux pas as phrenology. And there's Sherlock Holmes in large doses. It's no wonder the book has received glowing review after glowing review after glowing review.

A huge bibliography of Holmes titles and classic true crime books adds even more value to this book. I can't remember ever seeing such a comprehensive bibliography of the best historic crime titles. It would suffice as a "must get" list for a librarian looking to build a respectable collection of the all-time best in true crime. (I plan to photocopy it and give it to my husband in lieu of a Christmas list.)

Anyone with the remotest interest in Holmes, true crime, history, or science would enjoy The Science of Sherlock Holmes. Anyone who wants to write historical mysteries ought to memorize it before putting one word on paper. And anyone who finishes it may well be inspired to reread Conan Doyle with a whole new appreciation for the logician and his role in the development of the incredible systems of crime detection existing today.
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Crime Scene Investigation, in Sherlock's Age 1. Juni 2006
Von R. Hardy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The case could be made that the most famous character in fiction is the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. His adventures from over a hundred years ago still have many devoted readers, often within fan clubs, and sequels and movies seem as if they are never going to stop. We love Holmes because he was rationality triumphant, the cool thinker who could outwit the best brains that the underworld could produce. One of Holmes's attractive tributes was his reliance on scientific evaluation of the clues which he found; he not only used forensic science as it was then known, he originated aspects of it, at least in fiction. It is not surprising that his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, would have busied Holmes in forensics. Doyle, a physician, was tutored by Dr. Joseph Bell, whose incisive personality, keen observation, and powers of deduction made him a model for Holmes. In a time when there are big audiences following dramas based on forensic investigation of crime scenes, it is good to go back to the basics: _The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases_ (Wiley) by E. J. Wagner not only shows the requisite admiration for the forensic skill of the master, but places such skill in context at a time when scientific detection was just getting started.

Before Holmes's time, people were just as fascinated as we by crime, and discussed physical evidence left by evil-doers, but the evidence was often evaluated with superstition or folklore. Holmes, of course, had to battle superstition repeatedly, showing, for instance, that the "enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen" was no supernatural bringer of death to the Baskervilles, but a ruse that took advantage of superstition. On the other hand, dogs were beginning to be used in crime detection; Holmes did not employ dogs, but in "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place", he uses the vital clue of the family dog's ability to tell mistress from stranger, and in "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" he announces, "I have serious thoughts of writing a small monograph on the uses of dogs in the work of the detective." Conan Doyle himself, though a doctor, enjoyed playing something more than an armchair detective. Wagner describes a case which Doyle found unfair, so he went to the crime scene, examined all the evidence in a Sherlockian fashion, and was able to help exonerated the convicted prisoner. Holmes was also explicitly familiar with the Bertillon system of measurements, a systematic way of taking identification measurements on criminals which was cutting edge in his time, but eventually replaced by fingerprints as the main method of identification.

Wagner is a crime historian, and her book uses the Holmes stories as a starting point to give histories of aspects of scientific detective-work. There are many famous cases that she includes, like those of Lizzie Borden or the Tichborne Claimant, which, if Holmes had been on the case, would have been solved sooner to everyone's satisfaction except that of the culprits. Wagner profiles many admirable and innovative detectives, and gives brief histories of technologies associated with blood typing, dust and fiber analysis, footprint identification, and ballistics, and she reports on research into efforts like handwriting identification. CSI fans as well as Holmes fans will find this a fascinating look at criminals and detectives in their respective efforts.
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Watson Would be Pleased 1. Mai 2006
Von John N. Houde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are only a few "crime lecturers and historians," as E. J. Wagner describes herself, and fewer still who care about the details of forensic science. E.J. is one. I first met Ms. Wagner in 2000 when she and her husband braved Manhattan traffic to meet me and discuss my writing aspirations. I found her to be truly interested in getting the scientific details right in her presentations, and delighted to win the approval of forensic scientists. As a group, we can be quite sensitive about terminology, and when an author "gets it right," we like it.

No murder mystery this, but a seamless continuum of E.J.'s narrative spanning the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle as he wove real science into the fictional fabric of his characters. E.J. takes the reader on a tour, offering quotes from Sherlock Homes stories and then noting how the science of that time was applied, filling in details gleaned from actual scientific publications of the era.

Students of the history of forensic science will smile as they are treated to excerpts from "The Century of the Detective" by Jurgen Thorwald, and pearls from Alphonse Bertillion, Sir Bernard Spilsbury, Hans Gross, Edmond Locard, and even a fellow named Paul Kirk. Virtually every specialty is touched upon with emphasis on firearms, impressions, crime scenes, blood typing, trace evidence and toxicology. In addition, there is a nice treatment of a few areas that forensic science abandonded almost a century ago, including phrenology and anthropometery.

A few notorious cases of the Holmesian period are also included, such as that of the axe-wielding Lizzie Borden. At the conclusion of each chapter there is a short feature titled "Whatever Remains," where the author ties up a few loose ends with short comments on contemporaneous cases you may have heard of, including O.J. Simpson and the Lindbergh kidnapping.

All in all, this book deserves a place on the crowded shelf of any criminalist curious about the beginnings of our profession.

(Review published in The CACNews, a newsletter for forensic scientists)
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A unique hybrid of science and literature 12. Juni 2006
Von Frost77 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was very informative, if you are a fan of detection literature or TV. The author uses the stories of Conan Doyle as a jumping off point to get into the history of the science of detection.

The book is definitely for a novice or someone who does not have a background in forensic science. Everything is laid out very well and is easily understandable by a layman. Wagner does talk about the big crimes and discusses how emerging science either helped, or hindered, the detection process. Worthwhile if you enjoy criminal history.
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