In this sketch comedy series for preteens, principles of mathematics are presented through parody and music videos. Also featured is a mock video game called "Mathman," the bumbling cartoon... See full summary »
In this sketch comedy series for preteens, principles of mathematics are presented through parody and music videos. Also featured is a mock video game called "Mathman," the bumbling cartoon detective Dirk Niblick, and a farcical serial called "Mathnet." In "Mathnet" (a parody of "Dragnet") Los Angeles detectives George Frankly and Kate Monday (and later Pat Tuesday) solve various capers with the help of mathematics. Written by
Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>
Originally intended to be "That's Mathematics", with Tom Lehrer's song of the same name as the theme. However, the show's title was changed, so the song was dropped. See more »
Imagine. An island three feet wide, one thousand feet below. I have to drop a survival box to save a guy named Joe. So, I calculate my altitude, direction, and wind speed, then factor in the box's weight and the angle that I need. Now, I'm not ashamed to say I hit a perfect bull's-eye, I wave and move on. Joe can eat until he's rescued, I just hope he likes croutons.
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I remember watching this show and its spin off Mathnet. The Mathnet segment was my favorite. I waited through the other parodies just to watch that sketch. I also remember the magician who had the audience pick any number, then through a series of calculations would show that everyone would have the same answer. I hate doing math, but I did those "tricks" every time to see if he was right. My parents are teachers and loved watching the show along with me. It was a great show for parents and kids because if the kids didn't get the parodies, they got the math knowledge and parents watched just for the laughs. they should bring the show back.
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