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10-03-2005, 11:48 PM
For you math geniuses:

I was wondering if the show "Numbers" is legit when it comes to the math and theory?

10-04-2005, 12:00 AM
This one's doing the rounds: From SMP (http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=3508346&page=&view=&sb=5& o=&vc=1)

10-04-2005, 07:44 AM

This is the link you sent me

"Numb3rs (2005)
A CBS TV series starting its second year, where David Krumholtz plays Charlie Eppes, a "world class" mathematician who helps his brother Don, an FBI agent played by Rob Morrow, solve crimes. There were some nice moments, as when a colleague advises him not to waste his productive years chasing serial criminals, but the math in the premier was pretty lame, mostly the usual equations-on-a-blackboard, but with some clever visualization of a sprinkler. They did work some real mathematical thinking into later episodes but Charlie is a bit too successful predicting the next crime scene from lousy data and way too guilt-ridden when he fails."

Anyone have anything better?

10-05-2005, 01:37 AM
You forgot to quote the second bit:

I've upped my rating based on another episode, this one about someone getting ready to announce a proof of the Riemann hypothesis when his daughter is kidnapped. Serious math questions were actually woven into the plot. Here is a spoiler in rot13:

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But if you want a more substantial answer, here you go:


(from the Mathematical Association of America, no less)

I found it on the first page of this site. (http://www.justfuckinggoogleit.com/)

10-06-2005, 02:45 AM
Thanks! Loved the link and let's just say: Understood