The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS

The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS

Solving Crime With Mathematics

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2007
ISBN: 9780452288577
Branch Call Number: 363.25 D497n 2007
Characteristics: x, 243 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lorden, Gary
Alternative Title: Numbers behind numbers


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Sep 05, 2018

Enjoyable book by Stanford mathematics professor and NPR commentator, Keith Devlin, about mathematics and the then hit TV series Numb3rs. Although some of the math went right by me, Devlin is very good at explaining complex subject matter to the lay person. The discussions about prime numbers and encryption were especially interesting and I only wish there were updates to this book, which is 11 years old.


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