Tall, Dark, and Mysterious

12/28/2004

No publicity is bad publicity, I suppose

File under: Queen of Sciences, I Read The News Today, Oh Boy. Posted by Moebius Stripper at 8:27 am.

A combination of morbid curiosity and masochism will see me parked in front of my TV on Sunday nights, watching Numb3rs (part of the word is a number - clever, eh?):

To help capture a serial rapist-turned-killer, FBI Special Agent Don Eppes recruits his genius brother Charlie, who uses a mathematical equation to identify the killer’s point of origin by working back from the crime scene locations.

Via Learning Curves, which provides the appropriate snark. Who knows, though. It’s inspired by actual events! And the Caltech head of mathematics is a consultant for the show - which may have something to do with the fact that the character of Charlie is a hottie who seems mentally stable and hygenic, unlike oh so many fictional mathematicians. We’ll see.

Update: Suresh at The GeomBlog shatters my optimism:

…the preview is not encouraging. There are exchanges like ‘Life is more than just numbers ! Life is all about numbers !’, and inane sequences where the math whiz says ‘There is no statistical evidence for X’, his brother says ‘X will happen’, and lo and behold, X happens.

Right. Well, life is all about numbers; for instance, today I have plans to 234 22467 6126721. With maybe a little time for some 827 3222132 after lunch.