Minds on Math:
“Geometry: the language of the human brain”

Wednesday, November 30 at 12:00 pm ET (New York)


All over the world, since prehistory, humans of all cultures have produced geometric drawings such as parallel lines, squares, rectangles, circles, or spirals.  No other animal ever produces anything remotely similar.  Why is the human brain so keenly attracted to geometric regularities?  For more than two decades, the laboratory of Dr. Stanislas Dehaene, Chair of Experimental Psychology at the Collège de France and Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, has been investigating the brain circuits that support mathematics in all humans, from young infants and uneducated adults to professional mathematicians.  Join Stan as he shares recent brain-imaging data and uses it to discuss the nature of mathematics, its origins in evolution, and its relations to music and to natural language. 

Minds on Math is a collaboration between the Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU and the National Museum of Mathematics.  To learn more about the Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU, visit labdevelopingmind.com.