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2.0 out of 5 stars Stereotype mathematics, 13 May 2010
This review is from: Numb3rs - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
If you are seriously interested in the application of mathematics, then don't look at this series. The mathematics is either described so vaguely that its contribution to the solution of the case can only be described as magical, or very explicit but then it is so simplistic that it becomes ridiculous. (For example, there is one episode when we are to believe that it took a group of people two months to discover that in a set of several hundred numbers 36 was the only number to appear more than once.) The character of Charlie Eppes is just a layman's stereotype of a mathematician. No one uses blackboards to do research for the simple reason that they are awkward to use, and the way he describes what mathematics is would only been made by someone who knows no more than high school level mathematics.
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Initial post: 21 May 2010 17:03:41 BDT
Bookworm says:
Thing to remember is that each episode is made to fit 45mins. The producers do actually use real mathematicians to get the math right but as this is a tv crime drama the writers do take poetic license with the stories. If you're interested in the actual maths try the book "The Numbers Behind Numb3rs" (Amazon link The Numbers Behind Numb3rs: Solving Crime with Mathematics ) which is written one of the show's consultants. This is very good at explaining the math used in fighitng crime.
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