innate mathematical ability
A new study suggests that monkeys have a basic grasp of probabilities.
Where does our ability to do abstract maths come from? A new study sheds some fascinating light on the question.
Human reasoning is biased and illogical. At least that's what a huge body of psychological research seems to show. But now a psychological scientist from the University of Toulouse in France has come up with a new theory: that logical and probabilistic thinking is an intuitive part of decision making, only its conclusions often lose out to heuristic considerations.
People as well as animals are born with a sense for numbers. But is this inborn number sense related to mathematical ability? A new study suggests that it is.
- What is maths for? - What do we hope people will know after studying maths at school?
- New Plus posters! - Find out how you can get hold of your own copy of our brilliant new poster!
- Specially for students - This issue of Plus brings you the first of an occasional series expecially for use in the classroom.
- Optional maths - should students be able to give up maths at age 14?
- Outer space - In what will now be a regular feature, mathematician and cosmologist John D. Barrow shares some maths that's amused and intrigued him.
- Readers' corner- More Strange activities for last issue's Ship of Fools!
- Information overload - how mathematicians are helping us all to make sense of the vast amount of information now available to us
- Sum problems - can you be good at mathematics without being good at arithmetic?
- Readers' corner - Meet Mandy, the cuddly Mandelbrot set!