What is mathematical thinking? It’s easier to say what it is not. It is not mathematics and it is not the application of mathematics. But in an era where the smartphone in our pocket gives us access to tools that will solve most mathematics problems, both pure and applied, mathematical thinking is arguably one of the most powerful tools available to meet the challenges of the Twenty-First Century. And it was always so. Mathematics arises as a codified product (often a by-product) of the mathematical thinking of z previous time.
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Keith Devlin, is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the Stanford’s H -STAR Institute and a Co-founder of the Stanford mediaX research network. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is “the Math Guy” on NPR.
Dr. Devlin’s 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.