The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics

The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics

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The Number Sense is an enlightening exploration of the mathematical mi nd. Describing experiments that show that human infants have a rudimen tary number sense, Stanislas Dehaene suggests that this sense is as ba sic as our perception of color, and that it is wired into the brain. D ehaene shows that it was the invention of symbolic systems of numerals that started us on the climb to higher mathematics. A fascinating loo k at the crossroads where numbers and neurons intersect, The Number Se nse 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 147.32 x 215.9 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195132408
  • 9780195132403
  • 743,536

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"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 Scientistshow more

About Stanislas Dehaene

Stanislas Dehaene is Research Director at the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale, in Paris, France."show more

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