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Can Fish Count?: What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Mind

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‘What I like best about this fascinating book is the detail. Brian Butterworth doesn’t just tell us stories of animals with numerical abilities: he tells us about the underlying science. Elegantly written and a joy to read’ – Professor Ian Stewart, author of What’s the Use? and Taming the Infinite

‘Full of thought-provoking studies and animal observations’ – Booklist

‘Enlightening and entertaining’ – Publishers Weekly

The Hidden Genius of Animals: Every pet owner thinks their own dog, cat, fish or hamster is a genius. What makes CAN FISH COUNT? so exciting is the way it unveils just how widespread intelligence is in nature.

Pioneering psychologist Brian Butterworth describes the extraordinary numerical feats of all manner of species ranging from primates and mammals to birds, reptiles, fish and insects. Whether it’s lions deciding to fight or flee, frogs competing for mates, bees navigating their way to food sources, fish assessing which shoal to join, or jackdaws counting friends when joining a mob – every species shares an ability to count.

Homo Sapiens may think maths is our exclusive domain, but this book shows that every creature shares a deep-seated Darwinian ability to understand the intrinsic language of our universe: mathematics

CAN FISH COUNT? is that special sort of science book – a global authority in his field writing an anecdotally-rich and revelatory narrative which changes the way you perceive something we take for granted.

Author: Butterworth Brian
Publisher: QUERCUS
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781529411287
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2023

Brian Butterworth is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London. He taught at Cambridge University for eight years and has held visiting appointments at MIT and the Max Planck Institute at Nijmegen. He is currently working on the neuroscience and the genetics of mathematical abilities and disabilities. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2002, and is the author of The Mathematical Brain, as well as of several academic books. He lives in London.

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