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Furuhata Ninzaburô (Episode 13) (1995)
Kôki Mitani
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In the last episode of the first season of this popular Japanese detective show, the inspector must solve the mystery of the murder of an award-winning mathematician. It turns out that the murderer was another mathematician who wanted to take credit for proving Fermat's Last Theorem. As in the American show "Columbo", the main interest is not in figuring out who committed the murder, but rather watching the cat-and-mouse game as the detective and villain each try to outwit each other. Not only does Furuhata catch the murderer, he also uses modular arithmetic to beat him in a mathematical game!

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Works Similar to Furuhata Ninzaburô (Episode 13)
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) by Luis Piedrahita / Rodrigo Sopeña
  2. The Devotion of Suspect X [Yôgisha X no kenshin] by Keigo Higashino
  3. Mirror Image by Isaac Asimov
  4. Thirteen Diamonds by Alan Cook
  5. Calculus of Murder by Erik Rosenthal
  6. Dark of the Moon by John Dickson Carr
  7. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez
  8. Ibn Hakkan al-Bokhari, Dead in his Labyrinth by Jorge Luis Borges
  9. The Square Root of Murder by Paul Zindel
  10. Ultima Dea [The Last Goddess] by Gianni Riotta
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Categories:
GenreMystery,
MotifEvil mathematicians,
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MediumTelevision Series or Episode,

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