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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