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>
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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And, it was a good show, too. It looked like it had a good-sized budget,anyway. There were no ultra-cheesy sets or grainy 16mm filmed segments(like some other well-known PBS kids shows), from what I remember. Plus, the show seemed truly modern in the realm of PBS educational programs, definitely 1987.
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