The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and why Numbers are Like GossipThis work about maths and language is from the NPR commentator Keith Devlin. Why is maths so hard? And why, despite this difficulty, are some people so good at it? If there is some inborn capacity for mathematical thinking which there must be, otherwise no one could do it, why can't we all do it well? Keith Devlin has answers to all these difficult questions, and in giving them shows us how mathematical ability evolved, why it's a part of language ability, and how we can make better use of this innate talent. He also offers a theory of language development  that language evolved in two stages, and its main purpose was not communication. Devlin goes on to show that the ability to think mathematically arose out of the same symbolmanipulating ability that was so crucial to the emergence of true language. Why, then, can't we do maths as well as we can speak? The answer, says Devlin, is that we can and do, we just don't recognize when we're using mathematical reasoning. 
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User Review  David  GoodreadsThis book gives you a glimpse into the mind of a mathematician and gives you a good idea of how they think. The premise is that everyone has the “math gene”  everyone has the ability to do math. It ... Read full review
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User Review  GoodreadsI like the argument that language is not so much a communication system, but rather a system for symbolic representation and logically structuring concepts, which is in turn a critical survival trait ... Read full review
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A Mind for Mathematics  1 
In the Beginning Is Number  15 
Everybody Counts  39 
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