Abstract

Symmetry: Culture and Science
Volume 28, Number 4, pages 383-390 (2017)
https://doi.org/10.26830/symmetry_2017_4_383

THE LITERARY WORKS BY “TWO WATSONS” (IDEM-FORMA AND THE LITERARY SYMMETRY)

Vladimir Aristov

Mathematician, (b. Moscow, Russia, 1950)
Address: Subdivision of Kinetic theory of gases, Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences, Vavilova Street, 40, Moscow. 119333, Russia.
E-mail: aristovvl@yandex.ru

Abstract: An approach of so-called Idem-forma as a new type of symmetry between literary texts is discussed. In the present paper the Idem-forma approach is applied to study symmetries in the texts by “Two Dr J. Watsons”. The first is Dr John Watson, the personage of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, the second is Dr James Watson, a Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine (1962). Numerous correspondences (“coincidences”) are found in the texts. Both describe an investigation: the first is a detective story (or stories) of criminal investigation, whereas the second is a scientific research. This symmetry presents the features of the writers’ subconscious, so in fact one can think about it as “a mutual work” (“the double structure”). According to the Idem-forma approach, the principal differences between these two works can be emphasized.

Keywords: symmetry, literature, Idem-forma.