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The math instinct : why you're a mathematical genius (along with lobsters, birds, cats and dogs)

Author: Keith J Devlin
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thunder's Mouth Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If we have innate mathematical ability, why do we have to teach math and why do most of us find it so hard to learn? Are there tricks or strategies that the ordinary person can do to improve mathematical ability? Can we improve our math skills by learning from dogs, cats, and other creatures that "do math"? The answer to each of these questions is a qualified yes.-- from pub. descr.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith J Devlin
ISBN: 1560256729 9781560256724 9781560258391 156025839X
OCLC Number: 58469047
Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Out of the minds of babies --
Elvis: the Welsh corgi who knows calculus --
What is mathematics? --
Where am I and where am I going? --
Nature's architects: the creatures that can do math of construction --
Natural artists: the animals (and plants) that create beautiful patterns --
It's just a step to the right: the math of motion --
The eyes have it: the hidden math of vision --
Animals in the math class --
Razor sharp: the mathematical tricks of street traders and supermarket shoppers --
All numbers great and small --
The trouble with meaningless math --
Tapping into our math instinct.
Responsibility: by Keith Devlin.
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If we have innate mathematical ability, why do we have to teach math and why do most of us find it so hard to learn? Are there tricks or strategies that the ordinary person can do to improve mathematical ability? Can we improve our math skills by learning from dogs, cats, and other creatures that "do math"? The answer to each of these questions is a qualified yes.-- from pub. descr.

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