Sherlock Holmes may have been fictional, but what we learned from him was very real.*
Some aspects of Holmes’s world will always remain constant. It’s clear that eccentric geniuses never go out of style. The logic, methodical approach, and scientific brilliance that enthralled his earliest readers are still a powerful part of his appeal today.
Holmes demonstrated the way in which forensic science provides a rigorous method of formulating questions—questions that investigators can use to find answers. Though the techniques have been refined and updated over the years, the principles remain the same, and today’s criminal investigators walk in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes.