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Brian Butterworth (1999) "The mathematical brain", Macmillan, London

Very interesting. A slightly different perspective from the course notes but useful reading. The main thesis is that we possess a number module in the brain that deals with 'numerosity' and subitizing (possessed by infants and some other animals). This module interacts with our culturally learnt mathematics. Lots of examples of particular mathematical tasks and problems caused by localised strokes. He highlights the distinction between place value and word value. Well worth reading.


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