- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Basic Books (31. Mai 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 156025839X
- ISBN-13: 978-1560258391
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,1 x 20,1 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 263.581 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Math Instinct: Why You're a Mathematical Genius (Along with Lobsters, Birds, Cats, and Dogs) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Mai 2006
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There are two kinds of math: the hard kind and the easy kind. The easy kind, practiced by ants, shrimp, Welsh Corgis and us is innate. But what innate calculating skills do we humans have? Leaving aside built-in mathematics, such as the visual system, ordinary people do just fine when faced with mathematical tasks in the course of the day. Yet when they are confronted with the same tasks presented as "math," their accuracy often drops. 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. All these examples of animal math suggest that if we want to do better in the formal kind of math, we should see how it arises from natural mathematics. From NPR's "Math Guy," The Math Instinct is a real celebration of innate math sense and will provide even the most number-phobic readers with confidence in their own mathematical abilities.
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Amazingly, a numerical sense has been found to exist in baby's only a few days old, as well as in rats, etc. Brazilian children who could not master arithmetic in school, do great when they need to employ math in the marketplace. When math is abstract and rule based, without making sense, it is hard to learn or apply. It actually uses a part of the brain devoted to language rather than a part used for "natural" math (which incidentally grew out of the area used to control digits). Devlin addresses teaching math, but surprisingly doesn't have much too say, emphasizing repetitive practice rather than a change in presentation. For example, for reasons Devlin gives, learning 7 x 8 = 56 is particularly hard, so why not teach 7 x 8 = 7 x 7 + 7, thereby giving the idea of multiplication as a quick way to do some kinds of addition, and taking advantage of the kind of techniques untutored Brazilian working kids use in the marketplace?
The author seems to think that it is a mathematical instinct and attemps to answer the where and hows involved.
Whether you are convinced of the author,s theories and suppositions doesn't really matter;the book is still an interesting read and loaded with conjectures.
You might be willing to accept that some sort of mathematical instinct is involved with the construction of bee honreycombs;but it is a real stretch to think that it is some sort of mathematical instinct in inanimate objects such as the highly complicated crystal forms found in the mineral world.