The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics

The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics

by Keith Devlin, Gary Lorden
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

"We all use math every day; to predict weather, to tell time, to handle money. Math is more than formulas or equations; it's logic, it's rationality, it's using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries we know." Every week, 10 million Americans tune in to watch mathematician Dr. Charlie Epps solve crimes on CBS's acclaimed Numb3rs. Now NPR "Math Guy" Keith Devlin and Numb3rs mathematical consultant Gary Lorden partner up to show general readers how math is used to fight real-life crime. A compelling, accessible companion book to a popular TV series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101213469
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
581,197
File size:
978 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palo Alto, California
Date of Birth:
March 16, 1947
Place of Birth:
Hull, England
Education:
B.S., King's College, London, 1968; Ph.D., University of Bristol, 1971

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