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Letters from the August 19, 2006, issue of Science News

1:22pm, August 14, 2006

Aye carumba

Math isn't the only science that makes it into The Simpsons ("Springfield Theory," SN: 6/10/06, p. 360). In one episode a few years ago, a meteorite landed near Bart. He picked it up and put it in his pocket. Although most people are under the impression that meteorites are extremely hot, they're not. Bart got it right!

K.A. Boriskin
Bellingham, Mass.

I think the article should have included something on the CBS drama NUMB3RS, which not only offers real mathematics but also explains how it works and how it might be applied in investigative work. The mathematical references on The Simpsons are not likely to draw any of the watchers into careers in mathematics or the sciences.

Wayne McCoy
Gainesville, Fla.

The way we were

Tiktaalik may not have left the water by choice, to avoid predators, or

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