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April 01, 2013


Keith Devlin, the Stanford University mathematician best known as “The Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition, will deliver a lecture titled “Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years” as part of The University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Devlin also will deliver a UM Philosophy Forum seminar earlier that same day, titled “Giving a MOOC – A Survival Guide,” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the seminar and the lecture are free and open to the public.

Devlin earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1971 and then launched a university teaching career. From 1993 to 2001 he served as dean of the School of Science and as a professor of mathematics at Saint Mary’s College in California. He then returned to full-time teaching as a professor at Stanford University until 2009. He now serves as the executive director of the H-STAR Institute and as a senior researcher for the Center for the Study of Language and Information, both at Stanford.

H-STAR was created in 2005 by Stanford faculty interested in the study and testing of new pedagogical applications of current and emerging technologies. Devlin’s seminar will deal with aspects of new technology applications in the classroom.

He has written more than 80 research papers, 32 books and several award-winning TV documentaries about math and science. His publications include the 2005 Italian Pythagoras Prize winner “The Millennium Problems,” the 1991 American Association of Publishers Most Outstanding Book in Computer Science and Data Processing winner “Logic and Information,” and the 2003 Italian Peano Prize winners “The Math Gene” and “The Language of Mathematics.” Devlin has imparted math lessons as “The Math Guy” on NPR since the mid-1990s, and his cultural impact won him the Carl Sagan Award for Science Popularization in 2007.

Devlin’s lecture is sponsored by the UM Department of Mathematical Sciences, the UM College of Arts and Sciences and the Montana National Science Foundation Office of Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.





Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,