The CBS series NUMB3RS
is a highly rated and very entertaining police drama with a twist: FBI Special Agent Don Eppes (played by Rob Morrow) teams with his brother Charlie (played by David Krumholtz), a genuis who uses his mathematical skills to help solve crimes. The math behind the series is unusually advanced for prime time television, but according to a number of professional mathematicians, often dead on correct and germane to the crime being investigated.
In that light, check out the February 23, 2007 episode, One Hour
. Charlie and his graduate student Amita Ramanujan (played by Navi Rawat) determine that the kidnapper's actions are event driven. Amita then suggests that they write a state machine to describe that behavior, and so Charlie states "Right, using Unified Modeling Language."
Quote of the day:Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.