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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]


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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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:18:04 -0700

Writing in Notices of the AMS June/July 2014 (PDF), Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University who spent five years researching 'the area of extracting actionable information from vast amounts of data' funded by the US Department of Defense, ...


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Keith Devlin: To most people, mathematics means applying standard techniques to solve well defined problems with unique right answers. They have good reason to think that. Until the end of the 19th Century, that's exactly what it did mean! But with the ...

ABC News (blog)

ABC News (blog)
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:03 -0700

Keith Devlin, a professor at Stanford University and popular mathematician and author, estimated the chances of a mother, daughter and granddaughter sharing a birthday at 1 in 130,000. “That's a lot more likely than winning a large lottery jackpot ...
Huffington Post (blog)
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:22:30 -0700

Keith Devlin of Stanford University claims, with many agreeing, that video games may be one of the best ways to learn math. With many kids ready to grab their digital devices for the sake of summer learning, Devlin would be the first to note that ...

Business 2 Community

Business 2 Community
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:48:45 -0700

Their attitude was researched by Dr. Keith Devlin, Stanford mathematics professor. From the Huffington Post: “Companies fail here all the time. The Valley draws its strength and amazing resilience from the fact that failure is not only accepted, it is ...
Right Side News
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:02:24 -0700

As far as curricula for Common Core (CC) goes, there are a couple of major issues that concern parents. One is “fuzzy” math and the other is the CC Reading List that is not always age appropriate, and in some cases, is even pornographic. I'll cover the ...
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:28:51 -0700

Ahogy Keith Devlin matematikus fogalmaz: A matematika a legtöbb ember számára jól meghatározott problémák általános módszerekkel történő megoldását jelenti úgy, hogy a végén egyetlen helyes válasz jön ki. Ez így kicsit bonyolultan hangzik, de nem az.

Scrigno - Rivista Letteraria Online

Scrigno - Rivista Letteraria Online
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:52:30 -0700

L'autore del volumetto è Keith Devlin è un isegnante di matematica di Stanford, dove è anche direttore del Centro per lo studio della tecnologia e delle scienze umane. Ha vinto il Pythagoras Prize, il Peano Prize e il Carl Sagan Award. Tra i suoi libri ...

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