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The Numbers Behind Numb3rs: Solving Crime with Mathematics Paperback – 28 Aug 2007
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As a teacher, I became intrigued with the TV series. As a mentor to several young math teachers, I encouraged them to select clips from the episodes to demonstrate to HS students that there were many applications of the math concepts they were learning in class. The book is rather complex unless one is really into numbers and how they apply to todays world. --By Lauralee Barton on 13 March 2015
I watch the show when I have the chance. Someone gave it to me as a Christmas gift and to be honest I really wasn't going to read it but I was on vacation and bored. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't put it down. It explains the math techniques used by law enforcement agencies to catch criminals. It's written in a matter of fact way and doesn't get bogged down with math theory. It shows how math can be applied to real life. As an elementary math teacher, I use the show to get my students excited about math...that yes, in fact we do use math everyday without realizing it. It makes it real for my students and the majority of my students love math as much as I do. I'd like to point out that this method doesn't solve crimes but it just points you in the direction of possible suspects. Only a confession or evidence can convict..a person of a crime. I would definitely recommend the book. --By Stampedecheer98 on 19 January 2010
An odd book, but, nevertheless, as good as any Sherlock Holmes tale you will ever read. Detective themes and challenges for those of us inclined to be curious and intellectual simultaneously. Better clear your schedule for the day you start reading this book because you will not be able to put it down. --By Dr.G. on 16 August 2014
About the Author
KEITH DEVLIN is a regular contributor to NPRs Weekend Edition. He is the executive director of Stanford Universitys 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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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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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. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2011 by Miss Marple
This is a very interesting book that can help you to understand more in depth the math used on the tv series Numb3rs. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2010 by remix_tj
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