For one episode of ‘Elementary’ the show’s writers gave Farley and Harkin the answers to five formulas and asked them to come up with the math. But that’s not all. They were sent 9 notebooks and told to fill them with data based on the number known as Belphegor’s Prime. You can see their work in several scenes throughout the show.
“I’m not sure if we’re really smart or there’s just a lot of math phobia in society that prevents people from being really interested in it, as much as they could be,” says Harkin. “You’re dispelling the phobia one episode of television at a time,” says Maureen. “That’s the purpose of Hollywood Math and Science!” replies.
Farley and Harkin grew up in Brockport. Farley teaches at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Harkin at RIT. They’re mathematicians, not marketers, but their work for Hollywood is a big win for math and science.
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