Paging Professor Moriarty

One more post on the subject of evil geniuses and asteroids. According to Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, was the author of a celebrated book, “The Dynamics of an Asteroid.” Isaac Asimov, in his short story “The ultimate crime,” proposed that Moriarty had discovered that the asteroid belt was the remains of a destroyed planet, and was plotting to destroy Earth in the same fashion (the ultimate crime); the scientific community of Moriarty’s day suppressed his findings.

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