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Gretchen Underwood

For immediate release:
March 24, 2003

"Millennium Problems" Author Keith Devlin to Speak at Carnegie Mellon on April 3

PITTSBURGH—At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2003, come hear about the seven greatest unsolved mathematical problems of all time, as author Keith Devlin speaks in McConomy Auditorium on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Devlin is the author of "The Millennium Problems," a book that discusses seven problems, which, if solved, each command a $1 million prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute in Massachusetts.

Devlin's current research deals with the application of mathematical techniques to issues of language and information. He is also a regular contributor to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition program, where he is known as "the Math Guy."

Devlin is executive director of Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information and consulting professor of mathematics at Stanford. He has written 23 books and more than 65 research articles. Devlin is a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the World Economic Forum.

His most recent books include "The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved," "Why Numbers Are Like Gossip," "InfoSense: Turning Information into Knowledge" and "The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible."

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the University Lecture Series, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, AB Lectures and the School of Computer Science. For more information, please contact Niloo Sobhani at 412-268-9510 or


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