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Dr. Keith Devlin is a mathematician at Stanford University in California, where he is Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute. 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 31 books and over 80 published research articles. His books have won a number of prizes, including the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his "innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics." He is "the Math Guy" on National Public Radio.
Exactly what I was looking for, teaches mathematics applicable to common thinking and forces the reader to engage! This requires investment from the reader, the writing makes it a pleasure to do so! Not listing the solutions to exercises was a great decision, it emphasises the process above the answer. I came at this with an okay maths background and have learnt plenty!
A good and accessible introduction to mathematical reasoning, with exercises to test your comprehension. It covers logic and mathematical proof, and does not require much previous mathematical knowledge, so it is accessible to lay readers as well as people studying maths at school or university.
Disappointed as having taken the MOOC course given by Prof Devlin (which was good) I wanted to consolidate my understanding. The book has No answers so you have no way of checking if you are answering the questions correctly. I do not understand the reasoning behind the deliberate omission.
Keith Devlin makes mathematics interesting. This is something none of my maths teachers achieved when I was at school. If you think you are not very good a maths don't worry this book will awake a hidden interest in the subject. I read it because I took the Coursera course on the Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. So if you would like to think like a mathematician or, as in my case aspire to, then this book is essential reading.
Not an easy book for a generalist reader. It has obviously been written to stimulate interest in the subject but in my case it was rather less than successful. In particular the author's deliberate refusal to give any suggested answers to the questions raised was most irritating - unnecessarily unhelpful as one could not tell whether one had properly grasped the point(s) under consideration. Overall I found it disappointing although, to be fair, this may have been due to my maths being somewhat rusty!
I have the print copy but decided to get the EBook for my Kindle Fire. Firstly this is an excellent introduction to logic and mathematical proof. However, being a 'mathematical' text there are a lot of Greek characters - some of which do not reproduce on the Kindle Fire - leaving a series of empty squares. Strangely enough this is not reproduced on my Kindle for Ipad app. Other than that flaw it woukld get 5 stars.