The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics

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Oxford University Press, Dec 9, 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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On average, Chinese language speakers can remember more numbers because their WORDS for numbers are far shorter (10 vs. 7 for English speakers). Animals, including rats, pigeons, raccoons, and ... Read full review

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This book's subtitle (How the mind creates mathematics) is a clear description of the leitmotif of the book: to understand the neurological basis of elementary mathematical calculations. The author is ... Read full review

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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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