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The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – April 29, 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Rev Upd edition (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199753873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199753871
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delight." --Ian Stewart, New Scientist

"Read The Number Sense for its rich insights into matters as varying as the cuneiform depiction of numbers, why Jean Piaget's theory of stages in infant learning is wrong, and to discover the brain regions involved in the number sense." --The New York Times Book Review

"Dehaene weaves the latest technical research into a remarkably lucid and engrossing investigation. Even readers normally indifferent to mathematics will find themselves marveling at the wonder of minds making numbers." --Booklist

About the Author


Stanislas Dehaene teaches at the College de France and is Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Research Unit at INSERM.

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Stanislas Dehaene is a French psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. He is currently heading the Cognitive NeuroImaging Unit within the NeuroSpin building of the Commissariat A l'Energie Atomique in Saclay near Paris, France's most advanced brain imaging center. He is also a professor at College de France in Paris, where he holds the newly created chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology. In 2005, he was elected as the youngest member of the French Academy of Sciences.

Stanislas Dehaene's interests concern the brain mechanisms of specifically human cognitive functions such as language, calculation, and conscious reasoning. His research relies on a variety of experimental methods, including mental chronometry in normal subjects, cognitive analyses of brain-lesioned patients, and brain-imaging studies with positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and high-density recordings of event-related potentials. Formal models of minimal neuronal networks are also devised and simulated in an attempt to throw some links between molecular, physiological, imaging, and behavioral data.

Stanislas Dehaene's main scientific contributions include the study of the organization of the cerebral system for number processing. Using converging evidence from PET, ERPs, fMRI, and brain lesions, Stanislas Dehaene demonstrated the central role played by a region of the intraparietal sulcus in understanding quantities and arithmetic (the "number sense"). He was also the first to demonstrate that subliminal presentations of words can yield detectable cortical activations in fMRI, and has used these data to support an original theory of conscious and nonconscious processing in the human brain. With neurologist Laurent Cohen, he studied the neural networks of reading and demonstrated the crucial role of the left occipito-temporal region in word recognition (the "visual word form area").

Stanislas Dehaene is the author of over 190 scientific publications in major international journals. He has received several international prizes including the McDonnell Centennial Fellowship, the Louis D prize of the French Academy of Sciences (with D. Lebihan), and the Heineken prize in Cognitive Science from the Royal Academy of the Netherlands. He has published an acclaimed book The number sense, which has been translated in eight languages, and is publishing a new book Reading in the brain, to appear in November 2009. He has also edited three books on brain imaging, consciousness, and brain evolution, and has authored two general-audience documentaries on the human brain.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By whiteelephant on May 2, 2011
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The last twenty years have seen the rapid development of research on numerical cognition, and there is no one better to introduce it than Dehaene, a cognitive neuroscientist who has been at the experimental and theoretical center of it all. In this book, Dehaene introduces the respective numerical capacities of animals, infants, and adults (both healthy and impaired). He uses these fascinating studies to develop a theory of innate "number sense", sharpened by symbolic processing in educated humans. Throughout, Dehaene convincingly takes on personalities of researcher, educator, and philosopher, while taking us from chimpanzees to split-brain patients to isolated Amazonian villages. As a neuroscientist, I found the book most valuable for its comprehensive review of the literature of this subfield, however Dehaene was equally comfortable discussing educational and mathematical philosophy.

Unfortunately, this second edition comes across as a little disjointed. The fifteen years since the first edition's publication has seen an exponential growth in research, the vast majority of which supports Dehaene's contention. However, instead of bolstering the foundation of the book, Dehaene has settled on appending these studies into an additional chapter. Thus, the majority of the book comes across as a little dated and thin (e.g. older PET studies), with the majority of experimental evidence rifled through in one chapter. The book still makes for an informative read, if not quite as enjoyable as it could have been.
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Excellent. . New and scientific.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Louchen on April 25, 2013
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Comprehensive overview of literature on the topic of how the brain manages mathematical concepts. This updated edition gives a brief but direct explanation of dyscalculia, and some direction for treatment.

This is a gifted author, drawing together vast amounts of research and presenting it in a way the average, interested person can comprehend.

Equally enlightening is Dehaene's READING IN THE BRAIN.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Schmidt of Lawrence's Books on July 21, 2012
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Every teacher should read this book. Young people would enjoy math if more teachers knew how to make it fun. It should be required reading during teacher's training.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on December 27, 2013
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If you are interested on numerical cognition research this book is a must. Additionally, it provides applicable knowledge to improve mathematical abilities. I Highly recommend it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sami Alshehri on November 3, 2013
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This book was required in my course. It is really informative and enjoyable to read. It provides a strong back ground how human being thinks about math.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Zecher on September 10, 2013
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It was very nice to see this update on Kindle. Now we have an updated repeat of this important research.
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