Devlin, Keith J.
Overview
Works:  109 works in 626 publications in 7 languages and 20,699 library holdings 

Genres:  Popular works History Biography Records and correspondence 
Roles:  Author, Author of introduction 
Classifications:  QA93, 510 
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Most widely held works by
Keith J Devlin
Mathematics : the new golden age by
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62 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Mathematics: The New Golden Age offers a glimpse of the extraordinary vistas and bizarre universes opened up by contemporary mathematicians: Hilbert's tenth problem and the fourcolor theorem, Gaussian integers, chaotic dynamics and the Mandelbrot set, infinite numbers, and strange number systems. Why a "new golden age"? According to Keith Devlin, we are currently witnessing an astronomical amount of mathematical research. Charting the most significant developments that have taken place in mathematics since 1960, Devlin expertly describes these advances for the interested layperson and adroitly summarizes their significance as he leads the reader into the heart of the most interesting mathematical perplexities  from the biggest known prime number to the ShimuraTaniyama conjecture for Fermat's Last Theorem."Jacket
62 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Mathematics: The New Golden Age offers a glimpse of the extraordinary vistas and bizarre universes opened up by contemporary mathematicians: Hilbert's tenth problem and the fourcolor theorem, Gaussian integers, chaotic dynamics and the Mandelbrot set, infinite numbers, and strange number systems. Why a "new golden age"? According to Keith Devlin, we are currently witnessing an astronomical amount of mathematical research. Charting the most significant developments that have taken place in mathematics since 1960, Devlin expertly describes these advances for the interested layperson and adroitly summarizes their significance as he leads the reader into the heart of the most interesting mathematical perplexities  from the biggest known prime number to the ShimuraTaniyama conjecture for Fermat's Last Theorem."Jacket
The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip by
Keith J Devlin(
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13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why is math so hard? And why, despite this difficulty, are some people so good at it? If thereʹs some inborn capacity for mathematical thinking  which there must be, otherwise no one could do it  why canʹt we all do it well? Keith Devlin has answers to all these difficult questions, and in giving them shows us how mathematical ability evolved, why itʹs a part of language ability, and how we can make better use of this innate talent. He also offers a breathtakingly new theory of language development  that language evolved in two stages, and its main purpose was not communication  to show that the ability to think mathematically arose out of the same symbolmanipulating ability that was so crucial to the emergence of true language. Why, then, canʹt we do math as well as we can speak? The answer, says Devlin, is that we can and do  we just donʹt recognize when weʹre using mathematical reasoning.  Publisher description
13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why is math so hard? And why, despite this difficulty, are some people so good at it? If thereʹs some inborn capacity for mathematical thinking  which there must be, otherwise no one could do it  why canʹt we all do it well? Keith Devlin has answers to all these difficult questions, and in giving them shows us how mathematical ability evolved, why itʹs a part of language ability, and how we can make better use of this innate talent. He also offers a breathtakingly new theory of language development  that language evolved in two stages, and its main purpose was not communication  to show that the ability to think mathematically arose out of the same symbolmanipulating ability that was so crucial to the emergence of true language. Why, then, canʹt we do math as well as we can speak? The answer, says Devlin, is that we can and do  we just donʹt recognize when weʹre using mathematical reasoning.  Publisher description
Goodbye, Descartes : the end of logic and the search for a new cosmology of the mind by
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13 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keith Devlin chronicles scientists' centuriesold quest to discover the laws of thought, from the astonishingly adept efforts of the ancient Greeks, to the invention of the first primitive "thinking machine" in the late nineteenth century, to radical findings that are challenging the very notion that the mind follows logical rules. Devlin introduces a host of new findings showing that many ways of thinking that are perfectly rational are at the same time entirely illogical, and that the exquisite verbal tango of human communication has little to do with logical processing. We must begin to appreciate, Devlin argues, that our minds are intimately intertwined with the world around us, and that our feelings and perceptions, even our social norms, play crucial roles in the marvelously complex dance of human cognition
13 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keith Devlin chronicles scientists' centuriesold quest to discover the laws of thought, from the astonishingly adept efforts of the ancient Greeks, to the invention of the first primitive "thinking machine" in the late nineteenth century, to radical findings that are challenging the very notion that the mind follows logical rules. Devlin introduces a host of new findings showing that many ways of thinking that are perfectly rational are at the same time entirely illogical, and that the exquisite verbal tango of human communication has little to do with logical processing. We must begin to appreciate, Devlin argues, that our minds are intimately intertwined with the world around us, and that our feelings and perceptions, even our social norms, play crucial roles in the marvelously complex dance of human cognition
Life by the numbers by
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13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keith Devlin reveals the astonishing range of creative and powerful ways in which scientists, artists, athletes, medical researchers, and many others are using mathematics to explore our world and to enhance our lives. On this tour you will explore deepsea volcanoes with oceanographer Dawn Wright, go behind the scenes of blockbuster movies with specialeffects designer Doug Trumbull, and probe the strange lives of viruses with microbiologist Sylvia Spengler. Listen to astronomer Robert Kirshner describe how he is charting the curve of space; discover how biologist Mike Labarbara visualizes the way a Tyrannosaurus rex carried its massive frame; and, along with brain researcher Brad Hatfield, peer into the mind of an Olympic markswoman at the moment she takes a shot. Glimpse a future of wearable computers and silicon "butlers" with computer scientist Pattie Maes, and watch a lilac come to life on screen with "computer botanist" Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz
13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keith Devlin reveals the astonishing range of creative and powerful ways in which scientists, artists, athletes, medical researchers, and many others are using mathematics to explore our world and to enhance our lives. On this tour you will explore deepsea volcanoes with oceanographer Dawn Wright, go behind the scenes of blockbuster movies with specialeffects designer Doug Trumbull, and probe the strange lives of viruses with microbiologist Sylvia Spengler. Listen to astronomer Robert Kirshner describe how he is charting the curve of space; discover how biologist Mike Labarbara visualizes the way a Tyrannosaurus rex carried its massive frame; and, along with brain researcher Brad Hatfield, peer into the mind of an Olympic markswoman at the moment she takes a shot. Glimpse a future of wearable computers and silicon "butlers" with computer scientist Pattie Maes, and watch a lilac come to life on screen with "computer botanist" Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz
The language of mathematics : making the invisible visible by
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35 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking the reader on a wondrous journey through the invisible universe that surrounds us  a universe made visible by mathematics  Devlin shows us what keeps a jumbo jet in the air, explains how we are able to view a football game on TV, and describes the mathematics that allow us to predict the weather, the behavior of the stock market, and the outcomes of elections
35 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking the reader on a wondrous journey through the invisible universe that surrounds us  a universe made visible by mathematics  Devlin shows us what keeps a jumbo jet in the air, explains how we are able to view a football game on TV, and describes the mathematics that allow us to predict the weather, the behavior of the stock market, and the outcomes of elections
The man of numbers : Fibonacci's arithmetic revolution by
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13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The untold story of Leonardo of Pisa, the medieval mathematician who introduced Arabic numbers to the West and helped launch the modern era."Page [2] of dust jacket
13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The untold story of Leonardo of Pisa, the medieval mathematician who introduced Arabic numbers to the West and helped launch the modern era."Page [2] of dust jacket
The millennium problems : the seven greatest unsolved mathematical puzzles of our time by
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17 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 2000, the Clay Foundation of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced a historic competition: Whoever could solve any of seven extraordinarily difficult mathematical problems, and have the solution acknowledged as correct by the experts, would receive $1 million in prize money. There was some precedent for doing this: In 1900 David Hilbert, one of the greatest mathematicians of his day, proposed twentythree problems, now known as the Hilbert Problems, that set much of the agenda for mathematics in the twentieth century. The Millennium Problems are likely to acquire similar stature, and their solution (or lack of one) will play a strong role in determining the course of mathematics in the current century. They encompass many of the most fascinating areas of pure and applied mathematics, from topology and number theory to particle physics, cryptography, computing and even aircraft design. Keith Devlin, renowned expositor of mathematics, tells here what the seven problems are, how they came about, and what they mean for math and science." "These problems are the brass rings held out to today's mathematicians, glittering and just out of reach. In the hands of Devlin, "the Math Guy" from NPR's Weekend Edition, each Millennium Problem becomes a fascinating window onto the deepest and toughest questions in the field. For mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and everyone else with an interest in mathematics' cutting edge, The Millennium Problems is the definitive account of a subject that will have a very long shelf life."Jacket
17 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 2000, the Clay Foundation of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced a historic competition: Whoever could solve any of seven extraordinarily difficult mathematical problems, and have the solution acknowledged as correct by the experts, would receive $1 million in prize money. There was some precedent for doing this: In 1900 David Hilbert, one of the greatest mathematicians of his day, proposed twentythree problems, now known as the Hilbert Problems, that set much of the agenda for mathematics in the twentieth century. The Millennium Problems are likely to acquire similar stature, and their solution (or lack of one) will play a strong role in determining the course of mathematics in the current century. They encompass many of the most fascinating areas of pure and applied mathematics, from topology and number theory to particle physics, cryptography, computing and even aircraft design. Keith Devlin, renowned expositor of mathematics, tells here what the seven problems are, how they came about, and what they mean for math and science." "These problems are the brass rings held out to today's mathematicians, glittering and just out of reach. In the hands of Devlin, "the Math Guy" from NPR's Weekend Edition, each Millennium Problem becomes a fascinating window onto the deepest and toughest questions in the field. For mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and everyone else with an interest in mathematics' cutting edge, The Millennium Problems is the definitive account of a subject that will have a very long shelf life."Jacket
Logic and information by
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36 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and German and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
36 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and German and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The unfinished game : Pascal, Fermat, and the seventeenthcentury letter that made the world modern by
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13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the seventeenthcentury correspondence between Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat that described a mathematical method that became the foundation of probability, and discusses how it later developed into the concept of risk management in the twentyfirst century
13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the seventeenthcentury correspondence between Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat that described a mathematical method that became the foundation of probability, and discusses how it later developed into the concept of risk management in the twentyfirst century
The math instinct : why you're a mathematical genius (along with lobsters, birds, cats and dogs) by
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10 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
If we have innate mathematical ability, why do we have to teach math and why do most of us find it so hard to learn? Are there tricks or strategies that the ordinary person can do to improve mathematical ability? Can we improve our math skills by learning from dogs, cats, and other creatures that "do math"? The answer to each of these questions is a qualified yes. from pub. descr
10 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
If we have innate mathematical ability, why do we have to teach math and why do most of us find it so hard to learn? Are there tricks or strategies that the ordinary person can do to improve mathematical ability? Can we improve our math skills by learning from dogs, cats, and other creatures that "do math"? The answer to each of these questions is a qualified yes. from pub. descr
Mathematics education for a new era : video games as a medium for learning by
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14 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keith Devlin explains why, fun aside, video games are the ideal medium to teach middleschool math. Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning describes exactly what is involved in designing and producing successful math educational videogames that foster the innovative mathematical thinking skills necessary for success in a global economy. from publisher description
14 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keith Devlin explains why, fun aside, video games are the ideal medium to teach middleschool math. Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning describes exactly what is involved in designing and producing successful math educational videogames that foster the innovative mathematical thinking skills necessary for success in a global economy. from publisher description
All the math that's fit to print : articles from the Manchester guardian by
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9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sets, functions, and logic : an introduction to abstract mathematics by
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29 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Keith Devlin has fully reworked his Sets, Functions, and Logic: An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics to create a third edition that reflects a new generation of student. The narrative is even livelier and less textbooklike than before. Remarks and asides link the topics presented to the real world of students' experience. Some material from the earlier editions has been discarded in favor of more exercises, and Devlin has added a new introductory chapter on the nature of mathematics  one that motivates readers and sets the stage for the challenges that lie ahead."Jacket
29 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Keith Devlin has fully reworked his Sets, Functions, and Logic: An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics to create a third edition that reflects a new generation of student. The narrative is even livelier and less textbooklike than before. Remarks and asides link the topics presented to the real world of students' experience. Some material from the earlier editions has been discarded in favor of more exercises, and Devlin has added a new introductory chapter on the nature of mathematics  one that motivates readers and sets the stage for the challenges that lie ahead."Jacket
Infosense : turning information into knowledge by
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12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In InfoSense, noted mathematician and popular science writer Keith Devlin shows us how to make sense of the constant flow of information that swirls past us daily. What is crucial, Devlin points out, is to understand the difference between information and knowledge. By exploring the nature of both and describing what distinguishes them from each other, he shows how all of us  businesses and individuals alike  can benefit from better information management."BOOK JACKET
12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In InfoSense, noted mathematician and popular science writer Keith Devlin shows us how to make sense of the constant flow of information that swirls past us daily. What is crucial, Devlin points out, is to understand the difference between information and knowledge. By exploring the nature of both and describing what distinguishes them from each other, he shows how all of us  businesses and individuals alike  can benefit from better information management."BOOK JACKET
Fundamentals of contemporary set theory by
Keith J Devlin(
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12 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
12 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Souslin problem by
Keith J Devlin(
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24 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
24 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Constructibility by
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17 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
17 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The numbers behind NUMB3RS : solving crime with mathematics by
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5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores how advanced mathematics is used to solve criminal cases, discussing geographic profiling, statistics, finding patterns, changepoint detection, Bayesian inference, DNA profiling, codes, fingerprints, risk analysis, counterterrorism, and other techniques
5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores how advanced mathematics is used to solve criminal cases, discussing geographic profiling, statistics, finding patterns, changepoint detection, Bayesian inference, DNA profiling, codes, fingerprints, risk analysis, counterterrorism, and other techniques
The computer as crucible : an introduction to experimental mathematics by
Jonathan M Borwein(
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13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Keith Devlin and Jonathan Browein, two wellknown mathematicians with expertise in different mathematical specialities but with a common interest in experimentation in mathematics, have joined forces to create this introduction to experimental mathematics. They cover a variety of topics and examples to give the reader a good sense of the current state of play in the rapidly growing new field of experimental mathematics. The writing is clear and the explanations are enhanced by relevant historical facts and stories of mathematicians and their encounters with the field over time."Jacket
13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Keith Devlin and Jonathan Browein, two wellknown mathematicians with expertise in different mathematical specialities but with a common interest in experimentation in mathematics, have joined forces to create this introduction to experimental mathematics. They cover a variety of topics and examples to give the reader a good sense of the current state of play in the rapidly growing new field of experimental mathematics. The writing is clear and the explanations are enhanced by relevant historical facts and stories of mathematicians and their encounters with the field over time."Jacket
Language at work : analyzing communication breakdown in the workplace to inform systems design by
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13 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The interaction of humans and computers throws into relief the rigidity of the computer compared to a human. This book argues that Situation Theory, couched in mathematics as a theory of information, can improve communications with computer systems
13 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The interaction of humans and computers throws into relief the rigidity of the computer compared to a human. This book argues that Situation Theory, couched in mathematics as a theory of information, can improve communications with computer systems
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Devlin Keith 1947....
Devlin, Keith J
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Keith Devlin britischer Mathematiker und Wissenschaftsjournalist
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