Charlie Eppes from Numb3rs | CharacTour
After Charlie and Amita get married, the team turns its attention to tracking . And especially the lovely relationships between Don and Charlie, and their dad. Better or Worse Charlie and Amita go on their first date together. Harvest Amita kisses Charlie for the first time. Primacy Amita's. As a romantic relationship between Charlie and Amita began to flower, they found that they had trouble communicating outside of work. Charlie got the first kiss.
I much preferred keeping score, calculating arcane statistics, catching patterns in players, and cheering in the stands to risking life, limb, and the left over pieces of my pride in a pitiful attempt to impress my big brother.
Standing in a batter's box now makes me incredibly nervous. Every time I swung and missed I trusted Don not to nail me to the backstop with the next pitch. I'll never understand how Don can embrace danger and thrive off it. Could that be the main reason why he is so much better with women than me? If women are annoyed that men don't always make it clear when we are interested in them, then they can't imagine the nine kinds of hell men go through just to say they are interested.
I don't want to play the fool, blunder the question to bits, and end up wishing I'd never spoken out. Can I trust Amita not to hurt me like a wild fastball? When I was four, and everyone realized I was special, the world felt like it was completely open to me and I could accomplish anything.
The first time I saw something written in octal notation instead of decimal, I could manipulate numbers in ways I hadn't before dreamed possible because I no longer had to rely on the standard set of numbers. Base eight revealed a whole new wondrous world for me. Has Amita become the same thing to me all these years later? But that night on the baseball diamond, with Don's senior teammates only partially smothering their laughter, I learned that there were things I should never do.
Could I have picked a worse place to try and ask her out this afternoon? The halls of the Los Angeles FBI office are hardly private and several of Don's colleagues were probably listening in. I'd set myself up for rejection and until Don interrupted she looked hopeful, but still clueless as to where I was headed. I need to be absolutely positive that she'll not snigger at me.
What are the odds that she'll say no? If I take into account Dad's rather obvious opinions on the matter, Amita's possible hint about the docent, her reaction to Larry's libidinous comment the other day, Don's advice by the elevator this afternoon, and the way her expression lit up when she looked at me earlier, then I calculate that there is a four percent chance that she'll refuse.
That is a good result. Perhaps it's too good. That missing little fraction keeps niggling in the back of my mind and reminds me of Murphy's Laws. Number eight seems to be quite appropriate: There may be unseen variables that I'm missing, or unknown factors to apply. What more, given time, could I come up with to model or approximate my situation? What if what I decided she feels for me is only a mask for another emotion?
Is what I want see as love just her affection or admiration? Respect would be horrible, but plain reverence would be devastating. In a break of what has become Larry's monologue, I hear Don tell Amita that, "You and Terry finished off the rest of the bottle, but there should be another in the refrigerator," he gestures towards the kitchen.
I'm over analyzing, which shouldn't be possible. Am I really being just as skittish as Larry over love? This problem is emotional and not logically solvable with my equations. Until I hear her answer all my postulating is worthless.
Am I going to endlessly follow her, just like phi chases its end? Decision made, I practically fall out of my chair in my haste to get to her. I want Amita and whether it is baseball or love I'm willing to play the game. When I finally make into the kitchen she's nudging the refrigerator closed with her hips because she has a wine goblet in her hand and a new bottle of Chardonnay in the other.
It has come down to just the two of us, which is a number I haven't had to relate to all night. And yes, it is next in the series. If a pair requires that couple to come together in order to make a whole, then if I am ever going to get my untwinnable moment I must act.
Unfortunately I have the correct answer, but she has yet to hear the question. She places her glass down on the counter, grabs the bottle opener from the counter, and begins to yank at the cork. Either I'm more than half drunk, or Amita is glowing as she worries at the stopper. She is golden, my golden ratio — a ratio that I am going to fully define.
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Did you have a question? She blinks up at me. Why hasn't she answered? When she turns away and places the now open bottle on the counter next to her glass my hopes collapse. What have I done wrong? Now she's coming closer. Did I hear her correctly? Now she is watching, waiting for me to make a move. I shyly lean in and find that her hair, as I run my hands through it, is far silkier than I'd had reason to expect. Her breath catches and is just as shallow as mine when I softy, ever so softly, kiss her.
The connection between us is electric. I stagger us forward until I'm pushing her into something solid. My hands are still in her hair and she has a hand clutched to my waist while the other roams up and down my side.
When I come up for air I realize that without the refrigerator bracing us up we'd be on the floor. We stare at each other for a spell and concentrate on simply breathing in and out.
There's a warm, silly smile gracing her face, which is only for me. I'm sure there's a duplicate expression on my own. She cups my chin, and moves my face up to look at her directly.
I kiss her again and drive her more firmly against the refrigerator. I've never been aroused like this in my entire life. This is— Amita pulls away, hard. Charles Eppes is portrayed as a young mathematical genius and professor of applied mathematics at the fictional California Institute of Science, CalSci primarily based on Caltechwhere some filming and mathematics consulting is done.
As a world-class mathematicianCharlie helps his brother Don Eppes solve many of his perplexing FBI cases, sometimes with the help of his best friend, mentor and colleague Larry Fleinhardt and his on-again off-again girlfriend, former student and now wife, Amita Ramanujanwho further refines Charlie's approach and helps him stay focused. It was revoked at the end of season four after he transmitted information to Pakistan, but has recently been re-instated.
Backstory According to Eppes' fatherhe could multiply four-digit numbers mentally at age three and at the age of four required special teachers. In the second grade, he attempted to find a digit narcissistic number in base 12 —Eppes has described himself as " quixotic " in elementary school.
A prodigyhe attended Princeton University at the age of 13 after graduating from high school at the same time as his brother who is five years his senior "Soft Target"and took Professor Lawrence Fleinhardt's quantum physics course in his first year. They became fast friends, with Fleinhardt establishing his academic connections. Eppes published his first mathematical treatise at the age of 14 in the American Journal of Mathematics and graduated at the age of In fact, he was the youngest person to ever write a paper of importance.
It was his paper on the Eppes Convergencewhich concerned asymptotics of Hermitian random matricesthat made him a star in his field. Following a seminar that heavily criticized this seminal piece many years after its initial publication, Charlie realized that his work with the FBI has prevented him from doing research significant to other mathematicians and now hopes to spend decades on cognitive emergence theory "the mathematics of the brain" to rectify this certain inequity, which has delighted Fleinhardt.
Although he was a child prodigy, Charlie now laments the fact that his best years in his research will never come ahead of schedule again. Eppes is a multiple Ph. Following his five-year research on random matricesCharlie worked on sequences with orthogonal symmetry. He has also provided insights for possibly solving the P vs. NP problem and published works on H-infinity control of nonlinear systems and computational fluid dynamicswhile his current research is in cognitive emergence theory.
He has presented seminars on harmonic analysis and the zeros of random orthogonal polynomials and given lectures on group theory and Kac—Moody algebras.
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Eppes has taught courses on calculuschaos theoryfluid dynamicsgame theory and probability at CalSci in addition to giving guest lectures on applied probability. The lecture in which he converted the classroom into a miniature casino for analyzing probabilities is considered an "Eppes Classic".
Also, Eppes has taken over Fleinhardt's computational physics class when he was asked to do so, and has given a joint lecture on circular motion and the Coriolis effect with Fleinhardt. Professor Otto Bahnoff took over Eppes' mathematical physics grad seminar on the day he got married. Characterization Charlie has wild curly hair, is wary of people, and frequently enthralled with objects and patterns.
According to Krumholtz, Charlie wants to understand how the world works. Meanwhile, Larry observed that he is "a talented theoretician with an ego problem" and a student once described him as fast-talking and disorganized, to the agreement of Larry. Fleinhardt also accurately noticed that his colleague has a high standard of guilt and is a pragmatist. Charlie is rather fond of providing excessive explanations e.
These analogies are known as " audience visions " or, as friend Megan Reeves calls them, "those cute little analogies. Wearing his headset, Dr. Eppes has an intense focusing ability as he voraciously writes equationsoften covering several chalkboards with a staccato clacking and the aid of a red chalk holder. Nevertheless, if his line of thought is interrupted during a tense moment, as one of restricted foresight, he can become very disgruntled.
Further, when deeply concentrating on a particular problem, it seems Charlie is unable to provide insights to other topics for the sake that they are simply needed or wanted—he has to write what is in his head. The latter often interferes with his FBI work and, thus, is the cause of much distress for him at times. He is extremely talented in chessas it requires both his father and brother to play against him and a distraction to defeat him.
Charlie also has a vast understanding of theoretical physicsoften assisting Larry with his multi-dimensional supergravity theory and papers on gravity wavesand biologyextending to knowledge of ciliate protozoa and the spread of infectious diseases. While brilliant in some areas, he is lacking in others.
Fleinhardt has stated that it is a good thing he went into applied mathematics as opposed to engineeringas machines malfunction in his presence, though he was able to take apart and rebuild his father's cell phone to analyze its GPS transceiver.
He is apparently a bad speller e. Thus, his father likes playing Scrabble with him. Charlie is a rationalist. He also does not like illusions. While it's unclear how Don reacted, Charlie spent the last three months of his mother's life isolated in the garage, incessantly working on one of the Millennium Prize Problemsspecifically P vs NP ; it's a point of contention between the brothers.
Also, Charlie doesn't think Don understood what he went through during their school years, especially how he was treated as "Don's brainiac little brother" by his peers in high school, and how he often left him to his own resources as a child, though he was not as inept as Don had reasoned. However, Charlie's relationship with Don remains strong, as he has begun to increasingly fear for his brother's safety on the job and still looks to his older brother for acceptance.
Charlie and his father worry about Don committing to relationships, and for a time, fear that he had been cheating on Robin Brooks. Ironically, Charlie has similar problems with women himself. After a couple dozen murder cases, Charlie is somewhat jaded and world-weary like his brother. FBI agent David Sinclair of Don's team even comments that he has never seen two brothers so similar and yet so different.
In "The Janus List", the brothers seem to take on each other's tendencies a bit. Though, in season five, Charlie is dismayed that Don does not reveal to him his newfound religious faith. In "Prime Suspect," Charlie purchases the beautiful Craftsman family home from his father, who continues to live with him.
Now 30 years old, Charlie wants to be responsible and take care of his father but still believes that much of the pressures involving their dad has been put on his shoulders as Don doesn't seem to have enough time. Realizing this, Alan sets his sights on moving out to accomplish things on his own, with Charlie seemingly supporting the idea, but has since chosen to stay as he favors his son's company.
To her surprise, Amita won the Milton Prize for her dissertation on combinatorics, which Charlie, a previous recipient, presented to her. She decided to use the prize money to fund a trip to India with her grandmother in an attempt to become attuned with her heritage and help with the education costs of two Tamil girls she met through one of Don's cases.
In season five, she puts her skills to use on a new artificial intelligencebut is nearly killed. At the close of season one, in which she had completed her graduate work under the supervision of Charlie, she decided to pursue a second doctoral degree in astrophysics at CalSci with a new thesis adviser, Dr. Kepler became ill, she taught his course on the structure and dynamics of galaxies.
She has also given a solar physics presentation. Amita is currently doing research with Dr. Finch put her on tenure track and appointed her chair of the curriculum committee. She and Charlie have had a romantic relationship of sorts throughout the series. The relationship suffered several false starts in season 2. In season 3, the relationship seems to have stabilized. One obstacle to the relationship was Charlie's long-time obtuseness with regard to Amita's interests in him, a fact upon which she commented early in season 2.
Her interest in Charlie wouldn't be so compounded if only he could not see everything in the world in mathematical categories. On the other hand, she deeply admires his work, and is filled with awe after touching a chalkboard full of his elegant equations.
In Season 2, after Charlie became concerned with her association with Dr. Penfield, she stated she had no time for a serious relationship because of her graduate work on astrophysics. She assured Charlie that her interest in Penfield was only of the intellectual nature.
At times, she has felt that her work has been subsumed by Charlie's research.