Bild: Sherlock hype: Lecture about scientific methods used in Victorian England

:bsz-international. On May 15 Dr. Tobias Gruber gives a lecture on the scientific aspects of Holmes’ cases.

Mentioned for the first time in 1887’s “A Study in Scarlet”, Sherlock Holmes, a fictitious character imagined by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, manages to fascinate many people to date. The unconventional detective has been firmly established in modern society since Benedict Cumberbatch played the genius in the TV series “Sherlock”. Most people admire his great intellect, his way of thinking and his ability to memorise the smallest details in every case, drawing correct conclusions out of things nobody would ever recognise. But have you ever thought of the scientific or forensic aspects implied and the contemporary methods he could have used?

Dr. Tobias Gruber, a chemist from the university of Lincoln (England) and member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London comes to the Ruhr-University to give a lecture on “Sherlock Holmes and Chemistry”. The senior lecturer of the School of Pharmacy visits five German cities to explain which scientific methods could have been used in Victorian England and how they worked. If you are going to miss out on the lecture in Bochum, you still have four chances to participate: the next stops will be Hamburg (Tuesday, May 16), Frankfurt on the Main (Wednesday, May 17), Leipzig (Thursday, May 18) and Jena (Friday, May 19).

Crossword, pretzels and a film

The evening is organised in cooperation with the local young chemists forum JCF (Jungchemikerforum Bochum) and the SKF (Studienkreis Film), the local university-cinema. After the lecture, there will be a competition (“Solve our Sherlock crossword puzzle for a great prize!”, according to the flyer). Later, the film “Sherlock” from 2009 will be presented by the SKF, in English language with German subtitles. Snacks and drinks are available for free. 

Admission is free as well, registration is asked for under

:Kendra Smielowski

Point: In Time

Monday, May 15, 7 pm (s.t.). 

HZO 20, RUB. Admission free. Registration is asked for.




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