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Keith Devlin – Inspired by Math #1

Today, on St. Valentine's Day, I'm launching a series of podcasts which I call "Inspired by Math." In these podcasts I explore the two-part burning question - How is that some people are inspired by Math and how can we bottle that?

Keith Devlin gave me the gift of 32 minutes of his insights.

More about Keith Devlin:

Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. 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 31 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 Radio.

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  1. Hi Sol; this is a great idea!! LOVE the question, and huge fan of Keith Devlin, but as you probably already know by now your voice is loud & clear on the podcast but Keith’s is totally muffled & nondiscernable 🙁 — is it at all fixable?
    Hope you can work the bugs out, ‘cuz it’s toooo good of an idea to drop.

  2. Shecky. Thanks for the message. It’s very odd. After I uploaded the audio I listened to it at the podcast site to check Keith’s sound and mine. It was fine. I also listened to a piece of it through the flash player on the blog and it was also fine. Then, I got your comment. I went back to listen to it and heard what you heard. This is very odd.

    The original on my Mac sounds just fine so I can only assume the something is happening to it on the other end when it gets processed. I’ve logged a support ticket with the podcast service and I’ve removed the audio link until I can get this resolved.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

  3. I’ve got the kinks worked out. If anyone got bad audio this morning, please try again.

  4. Sol, either you are a great interviewer, or you simply can’t go wrong with Keith Devlin as an interviewee!… either way, wonderful stuff. Looking forward to future episodes.

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