Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie crossed my path twice this past week in a couple of quite different ways.

Last night, on Treasure HD, there was a showing of one of my favourite movies of all time.  IMDB dates it 1974, but I remember Murder on the Orient Express so vividly that it could have been yesterday.  I remember seeing it in the theatres with my mother who I think owned every Christie book ever written.  The imagery from the movie still sticks with me today.  Who could ever forget Albert Finney with his hairnet and the thing that he used to keep his moustache formed.  Plus, at least a gallon of grease in his hair!  The photography and the character development in the movie was superb.  It must have been quite the thing to travel on the Orient Express when it was in vogue.  You can still do it for $10,000 and plan your trip here.

Thanks, Sylvestre001 – CC

Earlier that week, though, I had been reading the magazine from one of my alma maters, the University of Toronto, which reported on a Computer Science research project exploring the death of Agatha Christie.  The speculation was that Christie may have been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, resulting in her death in 1976.  The research was conducted by Computer Scientists and it involved analysing her early works and comparing it with the last materials that she had written.  The study involved, among other things, investigating her use of language and how it had evolved over time.  It’s a very interesting article and I would encourage you to read it.

Who says that Computer Science is boring and uninteresting?  What a fantastic research project.  What a terrific legacy for Agatha Christie if her writing, not only inspires readers, but leads to a technique that helps diagnose an early detection for this awful disease.

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