Mathematical Mayhem: A DIMACS Detective Tale

Staged crimescene Student investigators
[May 2013]  If you passed through DIMACS in early May 2013, you may have been one of the many people wondering, “What happened here?”

No one, however, wondered this more than the 8 students enrolled in “CrIME: Criminal Investigation through Mathematical Examination,” an honors seminar taught by DIMACS Associate Director Gene Fiorini. The scene of toppled chairs, “blood splatter”, coffee spills, and footprints – all enclosed within crime scene tape – were part of the seminar’s final exam in which students had to crack a staged Spillane-style case.

Read more about the student sleuths and their effort to solve the mathematical murder mystery in a Rutgers Today article.

DIMACS_home DIMACS Homepage
Contacting the Center