Keith Devlin u NS

Predavanje Keith Devlina na PMF Novi Sad
Pred prepunim amfiteatrom Departmana za matematiku i informatiku PMF Novi Sad, u utorak, 27. februara 2018, u 11 časova profesor dr Keith Devlin (Stanford University, USA) održao je predavanje pod naslovom
When the precision of mathematics meets the messiness of the world of people









When the precision of mathematics meets the messiness of the world of people

 Almost all mathematicians are attracted to the subject by its certainty and precision. It’s one of the most finely sharpened blades in the human cognitive armory, and it rules supreme in many parts of Physics and Engineering. It is almost as precise when applied to the activities of large groups of people, though the precision then is a statistical one that applies to the group as a whole.

But can math be useful when applied to human activities on a more local scale? The answer is “yes”, but the contribution mathematics can make shifts from “providing precise answers to specific questions” to “providing data that helps a domain expert make a decision”.

These newer uses of mathematics can be traced back at least as far as the early days of probability theory, but became prevalent much more recently when computers enabled rapid computations of large datasets. Applications in the financial markets,manufacture, retail sales, transportation, and workplace design are ubiquitous. I’ll give two examples I have worked on: developing a framework to understand information flow and using that framework to analyze communication breakdown in the workplace—work that eventually found applications in intelligence analysis.


Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford mediaXresearch network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American MathematicaSociety. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. In this connection, he is a co-founder and President of an educational technology company, BrainQuake, that creates mathematics learning video games. 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 33 books and over 80 published research articles. 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." He is "the Math Guy" on National Public.

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