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Riemann Hypothesis On The Telly

Numerous readers emailed to tell me about the CBS cop show that features

math. Saturday night’s episode apparently concerned the Riemann Hypothesis.

No, I didn’t catch it — was on Amtrak heading home from DC to NY. I just

hope they had a copy of my book lying around in one of the shots.

As I have noted before, the RH showed up a year or so ago in the “Jimmy

Neutron” kids’ show. In fact it showed up twice: once in an episode titled

“I Dream of Jimmy,” where JN gets trapped inside his friend Carl’s dream.

There Jimmy actually reads the RH word for word out of my book. (There are

many different ways to state it.) In another episode — forget the title –

Jimmy tells his parents that when he can’t sleep, he occupies himself by

trying to compute the Mertens function for large integers — a topic closely

related to the RH.

In a just world, of course, I would be getting some royalties on all


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