Holmes, Chemistry & The Royal Institution

By Antony J. Richards & Bryson Gore

Edited by Antony J. Richards

ISBN: 978 1901091 37 3, paperback, 140 x 245 mm, 156 pages, perfect bound, 31 illustrations & diagrams,

First Published 1998


When A Study in Scarlet was published, in 1887, and introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes, the enduring appeal of this most famous of detectives could not have been envisaged.

Holmes, as a formidable chemist in his own right, would have undoubtedly been interested in the work of such notables as Sir Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday and John Tyndall, who were all Directors of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and at the forefront of scientific research.

This book presents a collection of essays which assesses the chemical work of Holmes, along with his relationship with the Royal Instituion of Great Britain. Finally, new evidence helps to throw light on the famous unchronicled case involving 'the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant'.