Baylor University to Host NPR's 'Math Guy,' Keith Devlin

Oct. 1, 2012
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 1, 2012) - Keith Devlin, Ph.D., a commentator known as "The Math Guy" on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, will be the guest lecturer for the Fifth Annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University.

Devlin is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University and the co-founder and executive director of Stanford's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute. He has authored 31 books and 80 research articles, along with receiving numerous awards including the International Pythagoras Prize in Mathematics.

Information on Devlin's two lectures is as follows:

Oct. 3, 2012: "Leonardo Fibonacci and Steve Jobs" will take place at 4 p.m. in the Baylor Sciences Building, Room D.109.

Abstract: The first personal computing revolution took place not in Silicon Valley in the 1980s but in Pisa in the 13th Century. The medieval counterpart to Steve Jobs was a young Italian names Leonardo, better known today as Fibonacci. Thanks to a recently discovered manuscript in a library in Florence, the story of how this little-known genius launched the modern commercial world can now be told.

Oct. 4, 2012: "First Person Solvers: Rethinking Mathematics Education in the Video Game Era" will take place at 4 p.m. in the Sid Richardson Building, Room 344.

Abstract: Most current math ed video games such as DimensionM and online video resources such as Kahn Academy are essentially new delivery mechanisms for traditional instruction. In the coming decade, classroom pedagogy will change in dramatic ways. This talk will look ahead to the coming revolution.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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