Keith Devlin

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Keith J. Devlin
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Keith Devlin (2011)
Born 16 March 1947 (1947-03-16) (age 70)[1][2]
Hull, England[3][4]
Nationality English and American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Stanford University, King's College London, University of Bristol, University of Manchester, University of Aberdeen, University of Oslo, University of Heidelberg, University of Bonn, University of Toronto, University of Lancaster, Colby College, St. Mary's College of California
Alma mater King's College London, University of Bristol
Doctoral advisor Frederick Rowbottom

Keith J. Devlin (born 16 March 1947) is a British mathematician and popular science writer. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States. He has dual American-British citizenship.[3]


Devlin earned a BSc (Special) in Mathematics at King's College London in 1968, and a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Bristol in 1971 under the supervision of Frederick Rowbottom.[3][5] He is co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, a co-founder of Stanford Media X university-industry research partnership program, and a Senior Researcher in the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).[3] He is a commentator on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, where he is known as "The Math Guy."[6]

As of 2012, he is the author of 34 books and over 80 research articles.[3] Several of his books are aimed at an audience of the general public.

Research publications[edit]



  • Constructibility. Springer. 1984. ISBN 3-540-13258-9. 
  • Logic and Information. Cambridge University Press. 1991. ISBN 0-521-49971-2. 
  • The Joy of Sets: Fundamentals of Contemporary Set Theory. Springer. 1993. ISBN 0-387-94094-4. 
  • Mathematics: The Science of Patterns. Holt Paperbacks. 1996. ISBN 0-8050-7344-2. 
  • Goodbye, Descartes: the End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1997. ISBN 0-471-25186-0. 
  • The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible. Holt Paperbacks. 1998. ISBN 0-8050-7254-3. 
  • Mathematics: The New Golden Age. Columbia University Press. 1999. ISBN 0-231-11639-X. 
  • Life by the Numbers. Wiley. 1999. ISBN 0471328227. 
  • The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and Why Numbers Are Like Gossip. Basic Books. 2000. ISBN 0-465-01619-7. 
  • The Millennium Problems: the Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time. Basic Books. 2002. ISBN 0-465-01730-4. 
  • The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs). Thunder's Mouth Press. 2006. ISBN 1-56025-839-X. 
  • The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics. Plume. 2007. ISBN 0-452-28857-6.  with coauthor Gary Lorden
  • The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern. Basic Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-465-00910-7. 
  • The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution. Walker Publishing Co. 2011. ISBN 978-0-8027-7812-3. 
  • Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning. A K Peters. 2011. ISBN 978-1-56881-431-5. 
  • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. Keith Devlin (18 July 2012). 2012. ISBN 978-0615653631. 


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