The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats and Dogs)There are two kinds of math: the hard kind and the easy kind. The easy kind, practiced by ants, shrimp, Welsh Corgis  and us  is innate. But what innate calculating skills do we humans have? Leaving aside builtin mathematics, such as the visual system, ordinary people do just fine when faced with mathematical tasks in the course of the day. Yet when they are confronted with the same tasks presented as "math," their accuracy often drops. If we have innate mathematical ability, why do we have to teach math and why do most of us find it so hard to learn? Are there tricks or strategies that the ordinary person can do to improve mathematical ability? Can we improve our math skills by learning from dogs, cats, and other creatures that "do math?" The answer to each of these questions is a qualified yes. All these examples of animal math suggest that if we want to do better in the formal kind of math, we should see how it arises from natural mathematics. From NPR's "Math Guy," "The Math Instinct" is a real celebration of innate math sense and will provide even the most numberphobic readers with confidence in their own mathematical abilities. 
What people are saying  Write a review
User ratings
5 stars 
 
4 stars 
 
3 stars 
 
2 stars 
 
1 star 

Review: The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs)
User Review  brotagonist  GoodreadsI found the first part about the mathematical abilities of animals interesting. The latter part dealt with why humans make a lot of mistakes when dealing with abstract mathematics and the benefits of ... Read full review
Review: The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs)
User Review  Jonas Adler  GoodreadsNot as interesting as it sounded. In fact I don't think I finished it which is rare for me... Read full review
Related books
The Mathematical Tourist: New and Updated Snapshots of Modern Mathematics Ivars Peterson Limited preview  1998 
Other editions  View all
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (along with Lobsters ... Keith J. Devlin No preview available  2006 
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (along with Lobsters ... Keith J. Devlin No preview available  2005 
References from web pages
The Math Instinct by Keith Devlin  fundamentals  09 April 2005 ...
CAN dogs do calculus? Well no, not the way college students do it. For one thing, dogs usually get the right answer. When chasing a ball thrown into a
www.newscientist.com/ channel/ fundamentals/ mg18624942.300themathinstinctbykeithdevlin.html
American Scientist Online  The Grail Bird , The Math Instinct ...
THE MATH INSTINCT: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs). Keith Devlin. Thunder's Mouth Press, $25. ...
www.americanscientist.org/ template/ BookReviewTypeDetail/ assetid/ 47334
Math in the Media
Reviews of The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along With Lobsters, Birds, Cats and Dogs) by Keith Devlin, April and May 2005 ...
www.ams.org/ mathmedia/ mathdigest/ md200504toc.html
The Bluestocking's Blog: The Math Instinct: Why You're a ...
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs) (Keith Devlin). Genre: Nonfiction Year Published: 2005 ...
bluestocking.blogspot.com/ 2007/ 01/ mathinstinctwhyyouremathematical.html
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius  Science News ...
The Math Instinct: Why Youre a Mathematical Genius from Science News in Reference provided free by Find Articles
findarticles.com/ p/ articles/ mi_m1200/ is_/ ai_n13803345
dsng.net  the daryl sng blog: The Simpsons, the Math Instinct ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2005. The Simpsons, the Math Instinct, and Borders Exchanged my expiring Citibank credit card points for a Borders voucher which I ...
www.dsng.net/ 2005/ 07/ simpsonsmathinstinctandborders.html
Math Trek: Calculating Dogs, Science News Online, Feb. 18, 2006
He even made a guest appearance in Keith Devlin's new book, The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, ...
www.sciencenews.org/ articles/ 20060218/ mathtrek.asp
PARC Forum  June 2, 2005
Based on Devlin's book "The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs)", published this month by Thunder's ...
www.parc.com/ cms/ get_article.php?id=447
Books: The Math Instinct
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs). Keith Devlin is the director of Stanford University's ...
www.zylstra.org/ books/ 2007/ 04/ the_math_instinct.html
Books by Keith Devlin
Authorized Web Site for author Keith Devlin. A member of the Literati Network of Authors
literati.net/ Devlin/ DevlinBooks.htm