The Resource The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip, Keith Devlin

The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip, Keith Devlin

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The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip
Title
The math gene
Title remainder
how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip
Statement of responsibility
Keith Devlin
Title variation
How mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Explains how our innate pattern-making abilities allow us to perform mathematical reasoning
  • Why is math so hard? And why, despite this difficulty, are some people so good at it? If thereʹs some inborn capacity for mathematical thinking -- which there must be, otherwise no one could do it -- why canʹt 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 itʹs a part of language ability, and how we can make better use of this innate talent. He also offers a breathtakingly new theory of language development -- that language evolved in two stages, and its main purpose was not communication -- to show that the ability to think mathematically arose out of the same symbol-manipulating ability that was so crucial to the emergence of true language. Why, then, canʹt we do math as well as we can speak? The answer, says Devlin, is that we can and do -- we just donʹt recognize when weʹre using mathematical reasoning. -- Publisher description
Cataloging source
IF9
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Devlin, Keith J
Dewey number
510.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA141
LC item number
.D49 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Number concept
  • Mathematical ability
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical ability
  • Mathematics
  • Number concept
  • Wiskunde
  • Psychologische aspecten
  • Cognitieve vaardigheden
  • Sprache
  • Zahlbegriff
  • Biolinguistik
  • Mathematik
Label
The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip, Keith Devlin
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in Great Britain in 2000 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-315) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Do mathematicians have different brains?
  • 6.
  • Born to speak
  • 7.
  • The brain that grew and learned to talk
  • 8.
  • Out of our minds
  • 9.
  • Where demons lurk and mathematicians work
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Roads not taken
  • A mind for mathematics
  • 2.
  • In the beginning is number
  • 3.
  • Everybody counts
  • 4.
  • What is this thing called mathematics?
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 328 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036704427
Label
The math gene : how mathematical thinking evolved and why numbers are like gossip, Keith Devlin
Link
Publication
Note
"First published in Great Britain in 2000 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-315) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Do mathematicians have different brains?
  • 6.
  • Born to speak
  • 7.
  • The brain that grew and learned to talk
  • 8.
  • Out of our minds
  • 9.
  • Where demons lurk and mathematicians work
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Roads not taken
  • A mind for mathematics
  • 2.
  • In the beginning is number
  • 3.
  • Everybody counts
  • 4.
  • What is this thing called mathematics?
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 328 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036704427

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