I am a psychologist and picked up this book to understand learning difficulties in mathematics as my I am planning my post-doctoral research in that area. I liked the depth of subject matter and the insights given by Keith Devlin. Understanding the different skills involved in mathematical thinking helped me a lot. In fact, I registered for a course conducted by Keith Devlin on Mathematical Thinking Ability.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in understanding the evolutionary and cognitive origins of mathematical thinking and ability.
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The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved And Why Numbers Are Like Gossip (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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If people are endowed with a "number instinct" similar to the "language instinct" -- as recent research suggests -- then why can't everyone do math? In The Math Gene, mathematician and popular writer Keith Devlin attacks both sides of this question. Devlin offers a breathtakingly new theory of language development that describes how language evolved in two stages and how its main purpose was not communication. Devlin goes on to show that the ability to think mathematically arose out of the same symbol-manipulating ability that was so crucial to the very first emergence of true language. Why, then, can't we do math as well as we speak? The answer, says Devlin, is that we can and do -- we just don't recognize when we're using mathematical reasoning.
Keith Devlin is the Dean of the School of Social Science at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California, and a Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He is the author of 22 books, one interactive CD-ROM, and over 65 technical research papers in mathematics. His voice is heard regularly on National Public Radio, on such programs as "Weekend Edition," "Talk of the Nation," "Science Friday," "Sounds Like Science," and "To the Best of Our Knowledge." His previous books include Life by the Numbers, the companion to a PBS series that aired in April and May, 1998; Goodbye Descartes: The End of Logic; and The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B06XCCZHZC
- 出版社 : Basic Books; 第 1st 版 (2001年5月17日)
- 出版日期 : 2001年5月17日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 1225 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 349页
- > ISBN : 0465016197
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I loved reading it - great combination of insights and good writing style2013年2月21日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
The Math Gene2013年8月9日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Devlin again. Just buy it. You'll be happy you did I am sure. Of course there is a math gene. It is too valuable a quality not to be locked into the genes for safe passage. This is one of my favorites.
Great Book2014年4月20日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
I learned of this book while searching for a book Keith wrote that was recommended on Coursera.com. This Prof. has turned me on to a love of Math.