The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Mathematics - 274 pages
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The Number Sense is an enlightening exploration of the mathematical mind. Describing experiments that show that human infants have a rudimentary number sense, Stanislas Dehaene suggests that this sense is as basic as our perception of color, and that it is wired into the brain. Dehaene shows that it was the invention of symbolic systems of numerals that started us on the climb to higher mathematics. A fascinating look at the crossroads where numbers and neurons intersect, The Number Sense offers an intriguing tour of how the structure of the brain shapes our mathematical abilities, and how our mathematics opens up a window on the human mind.

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Review: The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics

User Review  - Will Kent - Goodreads

Compelling, fascinating topic matter. There's a world in those numbers and this book is one of the best guides you'll find. It strikes a sincere balance between psychology and mathematics. Toward the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nada - Goodreads

It was fun and informative. I was sort of hoping it would concentrate more on the neurophysiology. Read full review

About the author (1999)


Stanislas Dehaene is Research Director at the Institut National de la Sant� et de la Recherche M�dicale, in Paris, France.

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