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Additional Physical Format: | Online version: Sverdlik, Anna. How our emotions and bodies are vital for abstract thought. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018 (DLC) 2018002968 (OCoLC)1021058736 |
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Document Type: | Book |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Anna Sverdlik; Shelley Fairweather-Vega |

ISBN: | 9781138565845 1138565849 9781138565869 1138565865 |

OCLC Number: | 1016009445 |

Description: | xvii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm |

Contents: | 1. The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics -- 2. Why logic is never ideal -- 3. Working memory and logical limitations -- 4. Overpowered by emotion -- 5. From cognition to recognition and back again -- 6. Non-algorithmic thinking machine? -- 7. How mathematics can outwit physiology. |

Other Titles: | Kak ėmot︠s︡ii vlii︠a︡i︠u︡t na abstraktnoe myshlenie i pochemu matematika neveroi︠a︡tno tochna. |

Responsibility: | Anna Sverdlik ; translated by Shelley Fairweather-Vega. |

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This is a remarkable book, taking on the under-investigated overlap between twovery disparate worlds: on the one hand mathematics and rationality, contrasted withemotions and embodiment. Based on the discoveries of modern affective neuroscience,the book makes an impressive attempt at bridging the important conceptual dividebetween feelings and formal thinking, a divide almost as troubling as that betweenmind and brain itself. It made me think about some old ideas in quite new ways.'Professor Oliver Turnbull, Bangor University, UK `Anna Sverdlik takes the reader on a fascinating journey to discover the nature ofabstract thinking from a neuroscience perspective. Using mathematics as an example,she illustrates how our thinking is deeply rooted in a non-algorithmic component thatrelies on our visceral system. The beauty and elegance of mathematics precisely liesin the fact that it unites logical thinking supported by our neocortex with intuitionssupported by our emotions and body that have evolved to solve problems overthousands of years.'Dr. Melissa Libertus, University of Pittsburgh, USA Read more...

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