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The Number Sense by Stanislas Dehaene
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really liked it

fun book. the author basically talks about how there are a couple of different math minds that we have. one is instinctual and revolves around intuitive approximations. the other is more analytical and linguistic (ie multiplication tables, etc). there is a nice blend between studying how the mind works biologically with acknowledgement that cultural differences are significant. one tidbit, for example, is that the chinese numbers are simpler linguistically, which enables a person who thinks in Chinese to calculate/do math slightly faster than an English speaker...
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January 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 2, 2011 – Shelved

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