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Brian Butterworth - Can Fish Count?

Environment & Nature Mind & Body
Brian Butterworth - Can Fish Count?
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What Animals Reveal about our Uniquely Mathematical Mind

You might know that primates have a knack with numbers, but what about frogs, bees or lions? Do they understand Maths and if so, how? What’s more, where does this knowledge come from?

Renowned cognitive psychologist Professor Brian Butterworth will address all this and more as he discusses his latest book, Can Fish Count? with Ulster University’s Professor Victoria Simms. Packed full of anecdotes, animal studies and, of course, the core science behind it all, Brian’s book reveals the extraordinary mathematical skills of the animal kingdom.

Revealing exciting and detailed insights into the minds of mammals and more, Can Fish Count? makes us reconsider just what the natural world is capable of, as well as helping us understand more about our own innate abilities.

About

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. Brian 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.

Please Note: This event will take place in The Good Room, upstairs in the Bullitt Hotel. Guest entrance is via Bullitt’s main entrance on Church Lane.

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