Devlin, Keith J.
Overview
Works:  104 works in 590 publications in 7 languages and 20,512 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
The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip by
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13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,378 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 1,378 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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7 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 1,281 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
7 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 1,281 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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12 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
12 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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34 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,145 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
34 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,145 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
In 1202, a 32year old Italian finished one of the most influential books of all time, which introduced modern arithmetic to Western Europe. Devised in India in the 7th and 8th centuries and brought to North Africa by Muslim traders, the HinduArabic system helped transform the West into the dominant force in science, technology, and commerce, leaving behind Muslim cultures which had long known it but had failed to see its potential.The young Italian, Leonardo of Pisa (better known today as Fibonacci), had learned the Hindu number system when he traveled to North Africa with his father, a customs agent. The book he created was Liber abbaci, the "Book of Calculation," and the revolution that followed its publication was enormous. Arithmetic made it possible for ordinary people to buy and sell goods, convert currencies, and keep accurate records of possessions more readily than ever before. Liber abbaci's publication led directly to largescale international commerce and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance.Yet despite the ubiquity of his discoveries, Leonardo of Pisa remains an enigma. His name is best known today in association with an exercise in Liber abbaci whose solution gives rise to a sequence of numbers'the Fibonacci sequence'used by some to predict the rise and fall of financial markets, and evident in myriad biological structures.One of the great math popularizers of our time, Keith Devlin recreates the life and enduring legacy of an overlooked genius, and in the process makes clear how central numbers and mathematics are to our daily lives
13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1202, a 32year old Italian finished one of the most influential books of all time, which introduced modern arithmetic to Western Europe. Devised in India in the 7th and 8th centuries and brought to North Africa by Muslim traders, the HinduArabic system helped transform the West into the dominant force in science, technology, and commerce, leaving behind Muslim cultures which had long known it but had failed to see its potential.The young Italian, Leonardo of Pisa (better known today as Fibonacci), had learned the Hindu number system when he traveled to North Africa with his father, a customs agent. The book he created was Liber abbaci, the "Book of Calculation," and the revolution that followed its publication was enormous. Arithmetic made it possible for ordinary people to buy and sell goods, convert currencies, and keep accurate records of possessions more readily than ever before. Liber abbaci's publication led directly to largescale international commerce and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance.Yet despite the ubiquity of his discoveries, Leonardo of Pisa remains an enigma. His name is best known today in association with an exercise in Liber abbaci whose solution gives rise to a sequence of numbers'the Fibonacci sequence'used by some to predict the rise and fall of financial markets, and evident in myriad biological structures.One of the great math popularizers of our time, Keith Devlin recreates the life and enduring legacy of an overlooked genius, and in the process makes clear how central numbers and mathematics are to our daily lives
The millennium problems : the seven greatest unsolved mathematical puzzles of our time by
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18 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,020 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
18 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,020 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 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
36 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and German and held by 858 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 763 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 763 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
Mathematics : the new golden age by
Keith J Devlin(
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35 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This survey on mathematics includes recent developments with sections on Fermat's Last Theorem, knots and topology and the mathematics of the physical universe
35 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This survey on mathematics includes recent developments with sections on Fermat's Last Theorem, knots and topology and the mathematics of the physical universe
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 654 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 654 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
The joy of sets : fundamentals of contemporary set theory by
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17 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 610 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
17 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 610 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
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 474 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 474 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
The axiom of constructibility : a guide for the mathematician by
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20 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
20 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Infosense : turning information into knowledge by
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12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 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 446 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
Aspects of constructibility by
Keith J Devlin(
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19 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
19 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fundamentals of contemporary set theory by
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7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Souslin problem by
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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
The computer as crucible : an introduction to experimental mathematics by
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13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 347 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 347 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
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Devlin, K. J.
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Devlin Keith 1947....
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Keith Devlin britischer Mathematiker und Wissenschaftsjournalist
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