a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|In this episode of the series about agents from the California Bureau of Investigation, an unemployed mathematician is murdered by someone wearing a clown suit.
The victim, Noah Valiquette, was a stereotypical TV math genius, bad with people but but brilliant with numbers. Thirty-two years old at the time of his death, he mostly lived off of his wife's earnings as a waitress and some income from gambling on sports while publishing papers in math journals. He also was trying to work up the nerve to get a job as a math teacher, despite his overwhelming shyness.
The most memorable character from this episode was Oliver McDaniel (played by Evan Peters of MCU fame). Oliver was a friend of Noah's who rants about aliens and is a permanent resident of a mental institution. (Oliver says he knew Noah from grad school. So, is he also a mathematician?)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read below unless you want to know the solution to the murder mystery.
Much of the episode focuses on a universal hacking device that the victim invented, but the murderer turns out to have been his wife who was angry about his failure to use his genius to earn money for the family.
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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