Dr. Keith Devlin believes video games can be used to teach mathematics. The popular science writer and accomplished Stanford mathematician will present "First Person Solvers: Mathematics Education in the Video Game Era" at the Math Colloquium at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in Darwin 103. His appearance culminates the annual Math Fest held in Darwin Hall lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"In the coming decade we will see classroom pedagogy change in dramatic ways," says Math Professor Ben Ford. "This talk looks ahead to the coming revolution."
Devlin is National Public Radio's "Math Guy" featured on Weekend Edition Saturday. He is a well-known popularizer of math and math education and his current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences.
Devlin a co-founder and Executive Director of the Stanford University's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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 30 books and over 80 published research articles. He is the recipient of 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."
The public is invited to this free lecture.
For further information, contact Ben Ford, (707) 664-2472