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									Keith DevlinKeith Devlin
Keith Devlin -- regular National Public Radio commentator and member of the Stanford University staff -- writes about the genetic progression of mathematical thinking and the most head-scratching math problems of the day. And he somehow manages to make it fun for the lay reader.

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Fact File

Name:
Keith Devlin
Current Home:
Palo Alto, California
Date of Birth:
March 16, 1947
Place of Birth:
Hull, England
Education:
B.S., King's College, London, 1968; Ph.D., University of Bristol, 1971





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								The Millennium Problems: The Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time, Author: 
								Keith Devlin.

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The Millennium Problems: The Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time
by Keith Devlin
In 2000, the Clay Foundation of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced a rather uncommon kind of competition: the first contestant to solve any one of seven extremely difficult math problems would receive $1 million. In this fascinating work, Keith Devlin (NPR's "Math Guy") examines each of these seven problems, and what they mean to the future of mathematics.
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								Life by the Numbers, Author: 
								Keith Devlin.
*  Language at Work (coauthor) (1996)
*  Goodbye, Descartes: The End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind (1997)
*  The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible (1998)
*  Life by the Numbers (1998)
*  The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and why Numbers Are like Gossip (2000)
*  The Millennium Problems: The Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time (2002)

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Devlin Gets a Clue

As a teenager, back when he dreamed of becoming a scientist, Devlin realized that to do so he would have to be good at math. Which he was not. As he tried to get good at it, he explained in an interview with National Public Radio, he had what he called an “Alicia Silverstone moment.”

Drawing from the vernacular of the Clueless movie star, he told NPR that when he was 16, a lightbulb went off in his head: “Oh my gosh, I'm butt-crazy in love with mathematics. It's not the science that I'm in love with anymore. It's the mathematics.” The jumble of mathematics suddenly became quite clear. “What until then had been this collection of rather disjointed, meaningless rules for manipulating equations and solving problems suddenly fell into place and it made perfect, beautiful, elegant and wonderful sense to me, and I wanted to be a mathematician -- and I've been one ever since.”



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								The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and why Numbers Are like Gossip, Author: 
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The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and why Numbers Are like Gossip
by Keith Devlin
Ever wondered why math doesn't seem to come as easily to humans as language? In this groundbreaking work, Devlin postulates that humans are born with a "number instinct" similar to the "language instinct" -- we just need to learn how to tap into it.

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								Logic and Information, Author: 
								Keith Devlin.

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Logic and Information
by Keith Devlin
Selected as the Most Outstanding Book in Computer Science and Data Processing by the American Association of Publishers in 1991, this book introduces Devlin's thoughts on the relationship between human interaction and machine interface.