In fact, in Act 3 they use image enhancement to try to clarify the image and they discuss the fact that there is no Nobel prize: Larry: They say that Alfred Nobel's mistress had an affair with a very famous mathematician, so naturally Nobel wouldn't want to share his prize with his rival.
Megan: So all you math guys are aced out because one of you is good in bed.
Andrew Nestler's Analysis of NUMB3RS and the We All Use Math Every Day (WAUMED) worksheet program This page contains analysis of the CBS television program NUMB3RS and the affiliated worksheet program sponsored by Texas Instruments and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Of primary concern are evidence of Charlie's pathological behavior and inappropriate relationships, instances in which Charlie's mathematical work is either useless or unnecessary for solving the crime at hand, and inaccuracies in the worksheets that are often such that they render the worksheets useless as a tie-in to the episode.
By looking at where and how the data is spread on the graph, Charlie may find a rule or pattern that describes this cluster of data." In the episode, Charlie's 3-D scatter plot is shown with x-axis labeled "perpetrator," and z-axis labeled "log likelihood." As Megan observes, "It looks like a random buckshot of points." "Except," Charlie says, "for a small number of cases that stand out." They discard all but a small fraction of perpetrators (which do not appear to stand out, or to describe "a rule or pattern") even though according to the labels on the axes, only the suspects with highest (logarithm of) likelihood should have been considered.
Charlie cracks a code for the dead suspect's car key remote, and says that then the car manufacturer can tell them what model the car is.
Balance is restored via the assistance of his father Alan (Judd Hirsch) and physicist colleague Larry (Peter Mac Nicol).
Larry generally advises him to steer clear of messy human-interaction problems, while Alan nudges him toward a better understanding of human nature.
The "Guarding the Goods I" worksheet says that Charlie helps Larry figure out where the cameras could see and where they couldn't by applying his knowledge of "the Art Gallery Problem." In addition, it says that Charlie makes a diagram of the floor, marks the corners, and then circles where the cameras are.
In fact, Charlie and Larry make a model, but viewers do not see Charlie marking the corners and circles where the cameras are - this is represented in his "Charlie vision" instead.