NUMB3RS in real life

Have you watched the TV show NUMB3RS? I'm the only who watches it here - the wooden writing, pan and zoom shaky cam, and beating to death of the plot points by characters who keep explaining things to each other is ... well, let's just say I put up with things more flexibly than the two males who also inhabit this dwelling. This could probably have something to do with the fact that I am usually folding laundry during the show, and do not get distracted or seasick from the camera work because I only glance up from time to time.

But the primary driving idea for the show intrigues me. The show is built on the premise that "we all use math every day" for solving all kinds of problems, and higher level math can be used to solve complex problems. Like crime.

And like zillions of political movers, shakers, shouters, and hangers-on converging on a smallish location for their national conventions! The math class factored in the variables, and came up with solutions. I think this is very cool! Follow the links, and give it a listen.

Youth Radio

College Math Class Helped Organize Convention

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Morning Edition, August 27, 2008 ·
A math class at the University of Denver examined some of the issues facing organizers of the Democratic National Convention. The students came up with several variables that appear to have been incorporated into the quantitative and qualitative distribution of thousands of volunteers.

And one of the variables had to do with BIKES! Okay, Michelle Obama, it's not the first time, but I tell ya whut, I too am proud of our country. Look what the national conventions are doing for transportation! Presenting ... Freewheel!n

Through a unique partnership between Humana, a Fortune 100 health benefits company, and Bikes Belong, a nonprofit biking advocacy group, the Freewheelin bike sharing experience will be in Denver and the Twin Cities during the conventions. Each host city will be outfitted with 1,000 bikes for free use during the convention week.

Go, Democracy! Go, Bikes!

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