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Intelligence of Sherlock Holmes: And Other Three-pipe Problems Paperback – 1 Aug 1999

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Sigma Forlag,Norway (Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8279160043
  • ISBN-13: 978-8279160045
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intriguing...fascinating...witty...A delightfully eccentric piece of scholarship - The Guardian

An excellent psychological study of Holmes and Watson...in the best traditions of Holmes scholarship - Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London

In reading it I soon became aware that the author was a peer of Sherlock Holmes in intelligence, powers of deduction, and attention to detail...It kept me smiling and made me want to take my collection of Sherlock Holmes stories off the shelf to re-read...A unique contribution both to psychology and admirers of Sherlock Holmes - Professor William J McKeachie, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan and best-selling text-book author.

An intriguing book...the first to consider Holmes and his ever-present companion Dr Watson from the point of view of modern psychology - Mensa Magazine, UK

A woderful book - Dr Tsukasa Kobayashi, Japanese Sherlock Holmes Society

It is immensely detailed in its erudition, yet precise and easy to read, and should stimulate the imagination of anyone embarking on a course in psychology of literature. Highly recommended - David Kinder, Chartered Educational Psychologist

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Consider the case of Sherlock Holmes! Psychologist John Radford has, with fascinating results regarding Holmes's mental profile: his great intellect - which Radford uniquely measures: Holmes's mysterious childhood when strange influences abounded according to Prof. Radford and Sigmund Freud; and Holmes's fateful "Road to Reichenbach" where he grappled with Prof. Moriarity at the Falls. There is a great deal more on Holmes and on Dr. Watson too. This book is a must for every university and college that has a psychology department; for anyone interested in the personality of an archetypal hero; and for everyone who enjoys, as John Radford evidently does, all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes which were written with great regard to their importance for following generations by his friend and faithful companion, John H. Watson.
F.A.X. Somers, Esq. (Prof. Sergius Coram)
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The Intelligence of Sherlock Holmes, and Other Three-Pipe Problems by is an excellent psychological study of Holmes and Watson for the lay reader. Prof. Radford is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and writes in the best tradition of Holmesian scholarship. He indicates the points of contact between the methods of Holmes and those of his great contemporaries Sigmund Freud, Francis Galton and Alphonse Bertillon; he points out the differences in thinking between the society of Holmes's time and that of our own; and he offers pertinent observations on Holmes's disappearance after Reichenbach. This attractive 176-page paperback is a valuable addition to the fairly small number of books that actually illuminate the characters of Holmes and Watson. My only gripe is that there's no index and no bibliography.
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At last a contemporary writer has drawn aside the veil of fiction and clearly demonstrated that Holmes was a real person. This lucid account of the great detective's mental attributes obviously emanates from a man whose scholarship and insight have seen through Conan Doyle's attempts to disguise the fact that the dramatised tales were, in fact, reports.
Radford embeds Holmes amongst the great scientific and forensic minds of his time. This is conducted in an analytical way that leaves little room for doubt: only a real historical figure could have absorbed and synthesized the range of new ideas of that era and create (and practice)the pragmatic art of detection. The fact that so much of Holmes methodology exists to this day indicates that he could not be a fantasy.
If anyone should still doubt, one only needs to refer to one of the recent memoirs of the late Sir Harry Flashman for positive identification. This however, would merely be the cherry on John Radford's exceedingly well baked cake.
John Williams
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This was a gift to one of our sons who really enjoyed reading it. I guess you can never go wrong with Sherlock Holmes.
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