Sherlock Holmes was a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based “consulting detective”, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to take almost any disguise, and his forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories till 1914.
Though one might remember Sherlock for his excellent observational skills and scientific reasoning approach, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would never would have expected the skills shown by Sherlock would to inspire new fields of study and spur innovation.
Three interesting examples of what a fictional character has helped to achieve,
- Courses on deductive reasoning by several universities
Several universities, forensic training schools and even corporates have designed courses on deductive reasoning inspired by Sherlock Holmes stories
Example course by Washington and Lee university
- Sherlock Holmes and IoT
Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is an ongoing prototype developed and run by the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab that explores new forms and functions of storytelling. The goal of Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is to encourage participants to step into a collaborative framework that enables them to create 21st Century adaptations of the work of Arthur Conan Doyle. These “forked” projects use Sherlock Holmes as a jumping off point.
- Sherlock Holmes inspired Forensic science methods
Sherlock uses fingerprints, ciphers, handwriting and physical appearance etc. to unearth the crimes. The techniques followed has laid the foundation to several advancements in the field of forensic science.
Fictional character inspires advancements in forensic science and innovation in several fields.
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