It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This!

My cat Harriet is named for Harriet Vane from the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. (She is also known as the Brave Little Toaster, because when I brought her home, she was a tiny fearless kitten.)

I have a very long to-do list today (including a delayed post for Double X Science, which I mention publicly to force myself to finish it), so I don’t know if I’ll have a regular post here or not. However, I do have some links for you, and a cat picture, ’cause that’s what the Internet is all about.

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1 Response to “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This!”

  1. 1 Porlock Junior December 24, 2011 at 01:08

    Thanks for the pointer to the two Sayers pieces. As a fan, you presumably have read the short story “Absolutely Elsewhere”, with Parker’s line, “For heaven’s sake, don’t go all Eddington.” A nice bit of social history, that: Would it be credible today if a smart but unimaginative police detective were to respond to some cleverness with “Don’t go all Hawking”? Well, maybe.

    There is a Web page that tries to explain the obscurities in what’s probably the most science-laden of the Sayers books (though missing Lord Peter and his friends), The Documents in the Case, here.

    It is not a review, but an attempt at annotation, which runs in parallel to the book except for an appendix to explaining all the scientific and dubiously-scientifc jargon that comes up in the dinner party that finally breaks the case.

    This is another poisoning case, naturally, and it’s clear what the poison was, but how—? The dinner conversation provides the key; and it was fun to try to explain the 1920s science and describe how the points stand up to the science of 90 years later. Comments on the science and Hist of Sci are welcome.

    PS: There’s a Yahoo mail list called LordPeter. Come and join the fun, it you have time.)

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