How the Mind Creates Mathematics.
Not a book about mathematics itself, but rather about how the brain deals with numbers.
In 1994 Professor Steven Pinker wrote The Language Instinct, an international best-seller which argued that linguistic ability is a human instinct, hardwired into our brains by evolution. Now Stanislas Dehaene has written
The Number Sense, an attempt to argue the parallel case for numeracy.
In his rigorous (though generally engaging) account, this distinguished mathematician-turned-neuropsychologist explains how we conceptualise numbers, how we learn to count and perform arithmetic, and explores to what extent animals have mathematical talent.
(extract from Simon Singh’s review, Sunday Telegraph, 18 April 1998).