Nevertheless, that’s exactly what they are likely to find on the CBS Paramount television crime drama , which airs at 10pm U.S. Eastern on Fridays–and which last week completed its third season on air. NUMB3RS has received widespread acclaim not only from television viewers (who have made it Friday night’s most popular show for three seasons running), but also from mathematicians and professional societies (who hail its positive portrayal of scientists and their use of science and in particular mathematics for the public good).
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“NUMB3RS is the first television series on which Falacci and Heuton have collaborated. Wisely bringing in several mathematicians as consultants, the producers were able to provide realism to the mathematical theories employed in the crime-solving cases of each episode. Experts say that the various theories and mathematical problems and equations used on the program are easily transferable to equivalent real-world situations. Cryptanalysis, probability theory, game theory, decision theory, principal components analysis, multivariate time series analysis and astrophysics are just some of the many disciplines employed in the series thus far. Working mathematicians of the have recognized the accuracy and validity of the theories and their presentations on the program.”
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NUMB3RS remains one of the most popular programs on television, and its co-creators Nick Falacci and Cheryl Heuton have been the recipients of a number of prestigious awards for science communication to a general audience. Most recently, Nick and Cheryl were honored with a from the , presented at the in Washington, DC on May 14. (Previous recipients of the award have included Alan Alda and Scientific American Frontiers, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Earth & Sky, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and the PBS television series NOVA.)