Why We Should Switch To A Base-12 Counting System

Humans, for the most part, count in chunks of 10 — that's the foundation of the decimal system. Despite its near-universal adoption, however, it's a completely arbitrary numbering system that emerged for one very simple reason: We have five fingers on each hand. But as many mathematicians like to point out, base-10… » 1/18/13 11:36am 1/18/13 11:36am

Babies Can Communicate with Numbers Before Talking

Human infants are born with an innate mathematical ability that allows them to count large numbers of objects more easily than groups of two or three. A new study of 4.5 month old infants' "number sense" suggests that emphasizing language before numbers is the wrong way to teach kids about the world. Babies can… » 2/07/08 7:30am 2/07/08 7:30am