Magazine article ASEE Prism

Nye on the Numbers

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Nye on the Numbers

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Nye on the Numbers

DID YOU HEAR about how an engineering professor at Cal Sci helped the FBI solve a major arson case? No? And, come to think of it, you've never heard of Cal Sci either? Well, that's because it's a fictional research school that was central to an episode of the CBS crime drama "Numb3rs" last December, which featured the arson plot. And the character of the engineering professor was played by none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy, whose creative making-science-cool-and-fun TV shows have encouraged countless numbers of kids to investigate possible careers in science and engineering. Indeed, it was Nye who inspired "Numb3ers" creators, the husband-and-wife team of Nick Falacci and Cheryl Heuton. They were greatly impressed a decade ago when they caught a lecture Nye gave on the need for helping kids realize how interesting and useful science and math can be. …

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