Friday, September 20, 2013

Listening To Devlin

Yet another beautiful explication of what mathematics is by math 'evangelist' Keith Devlin, this time on the NPR show "On Being" with Krista Tippett (podcast). Keith has covered this ground before, but, as his view is so different from views frequently held regarding mathematics, very much worth taking in again (50+ mins long). Includes talk of "mathematical thinking," the connection between math and music, Euler's identity, the Pythagorean theorem, MOOCs, some history, and more.

With his British accent I could probably listen to Keith read the New York City telephone directory and be entertained for an hour ;-) ....50 minutes of math discussion just flies by:

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