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Loading... ## Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics… (original 2000; edition 2001)## by George Lakoff, Rafael Nuñez
## Work detailsWhere Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being by George Lakoff (2000)
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. No current Talk conversations about this book. l I've never ready anything about cognitive science and as this book is a look at Mathematics from the Cognitive Scientist point of view it was difficult to start. By the end of the book I was pretty enthralled. Any one that has taken some higher level math courses (analysis, abstract alg) should read this book and really think about what they've learned. Anyone planning on teaching higher level math should read this and think about how they teach. Can be summarized by the dust-jacket slogans "Mathematics is not built into the universe" and "The portrait of mathematics has a human face." Meaty and quite absorbing, even though it goes against my sometime Platonist sympathies. no reviews | add a review
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If Barbie thinks math class is tough, what could she possibly think about math as a class of metaphorical thought? Cognitive scientists George Lakoff and Rafael Nuñez explore that theme in great depth in |
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The thesis here is that all language is metaphorical expression, which is based on conceptual metaphors determined by the brain as well as by society.

Mathematical metaphors are explained within this context, starting with things like the number-line and the Cartesian plane and culminating in the example of Euler's equation where "e to the i pi plus one equals zero". Quite a ride and well worth skimming through the tables and the chapter summaries in order to get a feel of how concept work whithin our brains. ( )