The Science of Deduction

The core of forensic science relies on the scientific method to evaluate evidence and determine the truth behind an incident. As Sherlock Holmes warns, “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.” In your own city, there are dozens of specialists using their expertise to reveal such facts.

Discussing the Great Detective

“I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire, and favour me with some details as to your case . . .” Baker Street Irregulars Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower draw their chairs up to the fire for a discussion of the great detective, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock & Forensic Science

Sherlock Holmes may have been fictional, but what we learned from him was very real. 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.