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Keith J. Devlin
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Keith Devlin (2011)
Born 16 March,[1] 1947[2][3]
Hull, England[4][5]
Nationality English and American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Stanford University, King's College London, University of Bristol, University of Manchester, University of Aberdeen, University of Oslo, University of Heidelberg, University of Bonn, University of Toronto, University of Lancaster, Colby College, St. Mary's College of California
Alma mater King's College London, University of Bristol
Doctoral advisor Frederick Rowbottom

Keith J. Devlin is a British mathematician and popular science writer. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States. He has dual American-British citizenship.[4]

Biography[edit]

Devlin earned a BSc (Special) in Mathematics at King's College London in 1968, and a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Bristol in 1971 under the supervision of Frederick Rowbottom.[4][6] He is co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, a co-founder of Stanford Media X university-industry research partnership program, and a Senior Researcher in the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).[4] He is a commentator on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, where he is known as "The Math Guy."[7]

As of 2012, he is the author of 34 books and over 80 research articles.[4] Several of his books are aimed at an audience of the general public, as opposed to much academic work.

Research publications[edit]

List of books[edit]

  • Goodbye, Descartes: the End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1997. ISBN 0-471-25186-0. 
  • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. Keith Devlin (18 July 2012). 2012. ISBN 978-0615653631. 
  • Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning. A K Peters. 2011. ISBN 978-1-56881-431-5. 
  • The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern. Basic Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-465-00910-7. 
  • The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics. Plume. 2007. ISBN 0-452-28857-6.  with coauthor Gary Lorden
  • The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs). Thunder's Mouth Press. 2006. ISBN 1-56025-839-X. 
  • The Millennium Problems: the Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time. Basic Books. 2002. ISBN 0-465-01730-4. 
  • The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and Why Numbers Are Like Gossip. Basic Books. 2000. ISBN 0-465-01619-7. 
  • Mathematics: The New Golden Age. Columbia University Press. 1999. ISBN 0-231-11639-X. 
  • The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible. Holt Paperbacks. 1998. ISBN 0-8050-7254-3. 
  • Mathematics: The Science of Patterns. Holt Paperbacks. 1996. ISBN 0-8050-7344-2. 
  • The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory. Springer. 1993. ISBN 0-387-94094-4. 
  • Logic and Information. Cambridge University Press. 1991. ISBN 0-521-49971-2. 
  • Constructibility. Springer. 1984. ISBN 3-540-13258-9. 
  • The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution. Walker Publishing Co. 2011. ISBN 978-0-8027-7812-3. 

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References[edit]

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1. General Overview and the Development of Numbers

(October 1, 2012) Keith Devlin gives an overview of the history of mathematics. He discusses how it has evolved over time and explores many of its practical ...

Contact with ET using Math? Not so fast. - Keith Devlin (SETI Talks)

http://seti.org/talks It is often said that mathematics is a universal language that we could use to make contact with another intelligence. But is that real...

2. The Golden Ratio & Fibonacci Numbers: Fact versus Fiction

(October 8, 2012) Professor Keith Devlin dives into the topics of the golden ratio and fibonacci numbers. Originally presented in the Stanford Continuing Stu...

4. Calculus: One of the Most Successful Technologies

(October 22, 2012) Professor Keith Devlin discusses how calculus is truly one of the most useful discoveries of all time. Originally presented in the Stanfor...

3. The Birth of Algebra

(October 15, 2012) Professor Keith Devlin looks at how algebra, one of the most foundational concepts in math, was discovered. Originally presented in the St...

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Math Encounters -- Fibonacci & the Golden Ratio Exposed -- Keith Devlin (Presentation & Workshop)

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KQED (blog)

KQED (blog)
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:01:24 -0700

“Wuzzit Trouble,” for example, the game Keith Devlin created in order to allow students to actively experience number partitions, can occupy a player for hours, or it can be played for 10-15 minutes. Played in small doses, short-form games can serve as ...
 
KGOU
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:52:30 -0700

“It's absolutely huge,” Keith Devlin, a mathematician and co-founder and director of Stanford's H-Star Institute, told Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson of the first female win. “The role model that Maryam represents to young women all over the world is ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:16:09 -0700

"It's crude," said Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford who has railed against the BMI. "It's got no scientific basis. It doesn't even measure waist or size of rump." Mr. Devlin, a competitive cyclist, has a BMI of around 25—edging into the ...

Latin Post

Chicago Tribune
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:07:28 -0700

Stanford University mathematician Keith Devlin offered this translation: "Imagine a standard NFL football field. Somewhere in the field, a student has placed a single, small, common variety of ant that she has marked with a spot of yellow paint. You ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:56:12 -0700

The Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin expressed the frustration of many of his peers when he said recently that mathematicians “should refuse to work for the N.S.A. until they both follow the U.S. Constitution and demonstrate responsible use of ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:25:47 -0700

One of the few pundits to call the lobby's bluff is the British past president of the American Mathematical Association, Keith Devlin. Advocating that America reduce emphasis on classroom maths, if only to reduce “math phobia”, he noted: “There is ...
 
Scientific American (blog)
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:15:33 -0700

But in an article about the 2004 Abel Prize, Keith Devlin writes, “the most likely explanation, I think, is that he viewed mathematics as merely a tool used in the sciences and in engineering, not as a body of human intellectual achievement in its own ...
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