Math Plus Crime, TV Style
By Ivars Peterson, 15:54 PM April 15, 2008
Lately, more than 12 million people have been tuning in every Friday night to see the latest episode of the CBS TV series "Numb3rs." The show debuted a year ago and now regularly ranks in the top third of all TV programs in the weekly ratings.
That's quite a triumph for a crime series that features a mathematician as its superhero, incorporates genuine mathematical vocabulary, and displays the varied trappings of a mathematical life.
There's also an educational component. Each Monday before a ...
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