|Thirty-nine seconds seems longer than
the text suggests. Did Holmes round off? mis-calculate? Are the
|60 yards apart? A teacher might want to
construct (or ask students to build) a web page for
students to explore
underlying Diophantine equation (next page).
|There's a different problem with Holmes'
archenemy. In The Final Problem
Professor Moriarty is described as
|"He is a man
of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a
|faculty. At the age of
twenty-one he wrote a treatise upon the Binomial Theorem, which
has had a European
|vogue. On the strength of it he won the Mathematical
Chair at one of our smaller universities, and had, to all
|appearance, a most brilliant career before him."
of Fear Moriarty is also credited with "Is he not the
celebrated author of The
Dynamics of an
Asteroid, a book which
ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is
said that there was no man
scientific press capable of criticizing it?"
There has been some very informed speculation over the years
about models for Moriarty.
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