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The Numbers Behind Numb3rs: Solving Crime with Mathematics [Paperback]

Keith J. Devlin , Gary Lorden
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28 Aug 2007
The companion to the hit CBS crime series Numb3rs presents the fascinating way mathematics is used to fight real-life crime

Using the popular CBS prime-time TV crime series Numb3rs as a springboard, Keith Devlin (known to millions of NPR listeners as “the Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon) and Gary Lorden (the principal math advisor to Numb3rs) explain real-life mathematical techniques used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to catch and convict criminals. From forensics to counterterrorism, the Riemann hypothesis to image enhancement, solving murders to beating casinos, Devlin and Lorden present compelling cases that illustrate how advanced mathematics can be used in state-of-the-art criminal investigations.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (28 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288577
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KEITH DEVLIN is a regular contributor to NPR’s Weekend Edition. He is the executive director of Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Language and Information and a consulting professor of mathematics at Stanford.
GARY LORDEN is the main mathematics consultant for the CBS TV show Numb3rs and a professor of mathematics at CalTech in Pasadena, California.

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FBI Special Agent Don Eppes looks again at the large street map of Los Angeles spread across the dining-room table of his father's house. Read the first page
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We all use math every day..... 9 Oct 2009
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We all use math every day... and this book tells us how!! As a big fan of the Numb3rs TV show, I found this book really interesting. It links well with the TV series, and there are some interesting real world examples. The maths was well explained, and at a high enough level to be of interest to someone with some knowledge of maths (as I have), without being unintelligible to someone without any such background. It was an enjoyable read and has inspired me to find out more, and should the authors write any further books linking to the later series of Numb3rs, I would definitely buy those as well. If you like Numb3rs (the TV show) or just plain numbers, then this is the book for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 21 April 2010
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I'm a computer science student and found this book is not only relevant to mathematics but also to a lot of branches of computer science such as A.I and data mining.

In fact most of the methods discussed in this book are relevant to computer science. I would strongly recommend it to anyone studying in this field as well as anyone with an interest in how many aspects of mathematics that can be used to solve crime are combined with computer science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the maths put you off! 5 Dec 2011
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You don't have to be a maths geek to enjoy this book. It is maths put into everyday applications such as weather patterns, shopping habits,and very easy to understand. The numbers TV series has been excellent and I have often wondered how realistic it is. Now I know! Very enjoyable.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with numers 8 Sep 2009
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This book opened my eyes to the fact that all the math in the Series Num3ers is for real
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book, to be read. 4 Sep 2010
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This is a very interesting book that can help you to understand more in depth the math used on the tv series Numb3rs. You need a bit math knowledge to understand easily some parts or some math formula, but is not a problem if you do not.
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