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221B Baker St., I got Sherlocked

February 1, 2014

I am so addicted to this TV series, I hope it stays for a long long time. It is beautifully done and the interaction of complex character personalities is often heartwarming and fun. Whenever I watch an episode, I cannot help but get reminded of what C. S. Peirce said…

From P.J. Davis & R. Hersh, The Mathematical Experience, 1981, Penguin Books

C. S. Pierce in the middle of the nineteenth century, announced that “mathematics is the science of making necessary conclusions.” Conclusions about what? About quantity? About space?The content of mathematics is not defined by this definition; mathematics could be “about” anything as long as it is a subject that exhibits the pattern of assumption-deduction- conclusion. Sherlock Holmes remarks to Watson in  The Sign of Four that “Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid.” Here Conan Doyle, with tongue in cheek, is  asserting that criminal detection might very well be considered  a branch of mathematics. Peirce would agree.

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  1. March 18, 2014 12:22 pm

    I am also addicted to this TV series, I like detective games, books, cartoons and TV series. ^-^

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