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# The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics, Revised and Updated Edition

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Our understanding of how the human brain performs mathematical calculations is far from complete, but in recent years there have been many exciting breakthroughs by scientists all over the world. Now, in The Number Sense , Stanislas Dehaene offers a fascinating look at this recent research, in an enlightening exploration of the mathematical mind. Dehaene begins with the ey
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Paperback, Revised and Updated, 316 pages

Published
June 9th 2011
by OUP USA
(first published 1996)

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Apr 18, 2009
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Shelves:
biology-brain,
science-math-phys

One day, a group of friends of mine and I somehow randomly came up with this random question: how universal are numbers and mathematics? Why is it that all cultures seem to have some concept of numbers? So we came up with this game, we would agree not to use any number for a day to find out how hard it was. And holy crap, it is ten thousands times harder than we could ever imagine, not only because we were a bunch of physicists, but even simplest things like: what time is it? where’s your house?
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Fun if you're interested in this kind of thing.

Si tratta di un libro estremamente interessante, per chi ama saggi di carattere scientifico con un taglio divulgativo.

Certamente è assai interessante per chiunque ami la matematica: capire come la mente umana funziona nel momento in cui effettua calcoli e pensa in maniera computazionale è importante.

Direi che si tratta di una lettura obbli ...more

This book covers a lot of different subjects to study/explain Mathematical Reasoning.

The chapters follow a certain logic, starting with math comprehension in animals, then babies, then adults, and finally geniuses/prodigies. The book is based on intense research from several fields as phrenology, psychology, etc. Then it concludes with a more philosophical discussion about maths as a subject, its existence, its "purity" and matching with physical phenomena.

Chapter 1 - Talented and Gifted Animal ...more

His theory posits that there are two main faculties of ...more

While his attempts at entering the realm of philosophy of math felt clumsy and over-reaching, the bulk of the book wa ...more

Dehaene mentions Asian mathematical wiz-kids in a few places in this book. I would have loved reading more about how Anzan works within the brain, but the reader is sadly left with mere conjecture that anzan is similar to mental calculations made by the adept and well documented, such as Inaudi.

It will appeal most to those interested in the intersection between neuroscience and math education.

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“progressive enrichment of children’s intuitions, leaning heavily on their precocious understanding of quantitative manipulations and of counting. One should first arouse their curiosity with some amusing numerical puzzles and problems. Then, little by little, one may introduce them to the power of symbolic mathematical notation and the shortcuts it provides — but at this stage, great care should be taken never to divorce such symbolic knowledge from the child’s quantitative intuitions. Eventually, formal axiomatic systems may be introduced. Even then, they should never be imposed on the child, but rather they should always be justified by a demand for greater simplicity and effectiveness. Ideally, each pupil should mentally, in condensed form, retrace the history of mathematics and its motivations.”
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