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NPR’s “Math Guy” at the Sunnyvale Library June 5, 2009

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Stanford University’s Dr. Keith Devlin will give a talk at the Sunnyvale Public Library on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 PM. He’ll be speaking on the topic of “How Mathematics Changed Us.”

photo by Juan Rodrigo Llaguno

photo by Juan Rodrigo Llaguno

Devlin has described his talk this way: At three distinct stages in the development of modern society, a mathematical development changed – in a fundamental, dramatic and revolutionary way – how people understand the world and live their lives. Those advances occurred around 5,000 B.C., in the 16th century, and in the 17th century. A fourth such change may be taking place during our lifetime, but only history will say if this is really the case. Devlin will look at how human life and cognition changed on each of those three occasions, with the main focus being risk-management and a view of the future that is enabled through the use of effective risk-management techniques.

Devlin is the author of many books about mathematics. His talk on June 9th is based on his most recent book, The Unfinished Game : Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter That Made the World Modern. His other titles include The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and Why Numbers Are Like Gossip.

Don’t miss this wonderful event! It is free, open to the public, and no sign ups are necessary.


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