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Dr. Mark Bridger, "Math Used to Solve Crimes"

Date: 04/23/09
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Lounge and Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Gonzalez, x3724, gonzalj@engr.newpaltz.edu

Despite being an abstract science, Mathematics finds applications in all sciences and engineering. But can it be used for solving crimes? NUMB3RS is a CBS TV series in which a mathematician helps his FBI brother solve crimes. Since the show first appeared 3 years ago, there has been a blog (web log) available in the Internet that explains, for the interested but non-expert viewer, the mathematics featured each week. Dr. Bridger, a Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern University is the author of the blog. He will talk about some of the topics he has learned -mathematical and otherwise - while researching and writing the blog and also as an informal consultant to the show. These topics include internet security, how key-less car door openers work, and face-recognition algorithms.