The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics (Paperback)
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The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics (Paperback)

Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 31/01/2000
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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195132403
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 233 x 159 x 21 mm


"Read The Number Sense for its rich insights into matters as varying as the cuneiform depiction of numbers, why Jean Piaget's theory of stages in infant learning is wrong, and to discover the brain regions involved in the number sense."--The New York Times Book Review

"From the origin of Roman numerals to the latest MRI results, everything you might like to know about numbers and the brain, as filtered through the lively and engaging brain of Stanislas Dehaene."--Discover

"A delight."--Ian Stewart, New Scientist

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