Keith J. Devlin

Keith J. Devlin


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Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a Consulting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis. Other research interests include: theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition. He has written 2 ...more

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“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.”? It’s the same for mathematics education for twenty-first century life.”
Keith J. Devlin, Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

“For all the time schools devote to the teaching of mathematics, very little (if any) is spent trying to
convey just what the subject is about. Instead, the focus is on learning and applying various procedures
to solve math problems. That's a bit like explaining soccer by saying it is executing a series of maneuvers
to get the ball into the goal. Both accurately describe various key features, but they miss the \what?"
and the \why?" of the big picture.”
Keith J. Devlin, Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

“Underlying all this activity—in the customhouses, on the wharves, in every place of business—were numbers. Merchants measured out their wares and negotiated prices; customs officers calculated taxes to be levied on imports; scribes and stewards prepared ships’ manifests, recording the values in long columns using Roman numerals. They would have put their writing implements to one side and used either their fingers or a physical abacus to perform the additions, then picked up pen and parchment once again to enter the subtotals from each page on a final page at the end. With no record of the computation itself, if anyone questioned the answer, the entire process would have to be repeated.”
Keith J. Devlin, The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution

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