Devlin, Keith J.
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Works:  113 works in 758 publications in 6 languages and 24,496 library holdings 

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Keith J Devlin
Life by the numbers by
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12 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,981 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
12 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,981 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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30 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 1,839 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
30 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 1,839 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
Mathematics : the new golden age by
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55 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 1,636 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
55 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 1,636 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 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 1,624 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 1,624 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 gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip by
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14 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,388 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
14 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,388 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
Mathematics, the science of patterns : the search for order in life, mind, and the universe by
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17 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty," the noted philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell once wrote. In Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, Keith Devlin makes such a vision accessible, entertaining, and meaningful. It is an insightful, richly illustrated celebration of the simplicity, the precision, the purity, and the elegance of mathematics."Jacket
17 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty," the noted philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell once wrote. In Mathematics: The Science of Patterns, Keith Devlin makes such a vision accessible, entertaining, and meaningful. It is an insightful, richly illustrated celebration of the simplicity, the precision, the purity, and the elegance of mathematics."Jacket
Goodbye, Descartes : the end of logic and the search for a new cosmology of the mind by
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14 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 1,287 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
14 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 1,287 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
The man of numbers : Fibonacci's arithmetic revolution by
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25 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,276 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
25 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,276 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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37 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 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
37 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 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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44 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
44 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mathematics education for a new era : video games as a medium for learning by
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17 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 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
17 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 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
The math instinct : why you're a mathematical genius (along with lobsters, birds, cats and dogs) by
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12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 667 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
12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 667 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
The axiom of constructibility : a guide for the mathematician by
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25 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and German and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
25 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and German and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The joy of sets : fundamentals of contemporary set theory by
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14 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book provides an account of those parts of contemporary set theory that are relevant to other areas of pure mathematics. Intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, the text is written in an easygoing style, with a minimum of formalism. The book begins with a review of "naive" set theory; it then develops the ZermeloFraenkel axioms of the theory, showing how they arise naturally from a rigorous answer to the question, "what is a set?" After discussing the ordinal and cardinal numbers, the book then delves into contemporary set theory, covering such topics as: the Borel hierarchy, stationary sets and regressive functions, and Lebesgue measure. Two chapters present an extension of the ZermeloFraenkel theory, discussing the axiom of constructibility and the question of provability in set theory. A final chapter presents an account of an alternative conception of set theory that has proved useful in computer science, the nonwellfounded set theory of Peter Aczel"Back cover
14 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book provides an account of those parts of contemporary set theory that are relevant to other areas of pure mathematics. Intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, the text is written in an easygoing style, with a minimum of formalism. The book begins with a review of "naive" set theory; it then develops the ZermeloFraenkel axioms of the theory, showing how they arise naturally from a rigorous answer to the question, "what is a set?" After discussing the ordinal and cardinal numbers, the book then delves into contemporary set theory, covering such topics as: the Borel hierarchy, stationary sets and regressive functions, and Lebesgue measure. Two chapters present an extension of the ZermeloFraenkel theory, discussing the axiom of constructibility and the question of provability in set theory. A final chapter presents an account of an alternative conception of set theory that has proved useful in computer science, the nonwellfounded set theory of Peter Aczel"Back cover
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 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aspects of constructibility by
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23 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
23 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Finding Fibonacci : the quest to rediscover the forgotten mathematical genius who changed the world by
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10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 2000, Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci, whose book Liber abbaci has quite literally affected the lives of everyone alive today. Although he is most famous for the Fibonacci numberswhich, it so happens, he didn't inventFibonacci's greatest contribution was as an expositor of mathematical ideas at a level ordinary people could understand. In 1202, Liber abbacithe "Book of Calculation"Introduced modern arithmetic to the Western world. Yet Fibonacci was long forgotten after his death, and it was not until the 1960s that his true achievements were finally recognized. Finding Fibonacci is Devlin's compelling firsthand account of his tenyear quest to tell Fibonacci's story. Devlin, a math expositor himself, kept a diary of the undertaking, which he draws on here to describe the project's highs and lows, its false starts and disappointments, the tragedies and unexpected turns, some hilarious episodes, and the occasional lucky breaks. You will also meet the unique individuals Devlin encountered along the way, people who, each for their own reasons, became fascinated by Fibonacci, from the Yale professor who traced modern finance back to Fibonacci to the Italian historian who made the crucial archival discovery that brought together all the threads of Fibonacci's astonishing story. Fibonacci helped to revive the West as the cradle of science, technology, and commerce, yet he vanished from the pages of history. This is Devlin's search to find him
10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 2000, Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci, whose book Liber abbaci has quite literally affected the lives of everyone alive today. Although he is most famous for the Fibonacci numberswhich, it so happens, he didn't inventFibonacci's greatest contribution was as an expositor of mathematical ideas at a level ordinary people could understand. In 1202, Liber abbacithe "Book of Calculation"Introduced modern arithmetic to the Western world. Yet Fibonacci was long forgotten after his death, and it was not until the 1960s that his true achievements were finally recognized. Finding Fibonacci is Devlin's compelling firsthand account of his tenyear quest to tell Fibonacci's story. Devlin, a math expositor himself, kept a diary of the undertaking, which he draws on here to describe the project's highs and lows, its false starts and disappointments, the tragedies and unexpected turns, some hilarious episodes, and the occasional lucky breaks. You will also meet the unique individuals Devlin encountered along the way, people who, each for their own reasons, became fascinated by Fibonacci, from the Yale professor who traced modern finance back to Fibonacci to the Italian historian who made the crucial archival discovery that brought together all the threads of Fibonacci's astonishing story. Fibonacci helped to revive the West as the cradle of science, technology, and commerce, yet he vanished from the pages of history. This is Devlin's search to find him
The Souslin problem by
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23 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To prevent the outbreak of war, a young Aztec boy must outwit nine evil lords of the night to obtain the flame of peace from Lord Morning Star
23 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To prevent the outbreak of war, a young Aztec boy must outwit nine evil lords of the night to obtain the flame of peace from Lord Morning Star
Sets, functions, and logic : an introduction to abstract mathematics by
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34 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 535 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
34 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 535 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
Fundamentals of contemporary set theory by
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16 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
16 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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