It’s a Math World for Animals Additional Information

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Azar, Beth. 1999. Researchers counting on animals for clues to math. APA Monitor Online (April). Available at

Hoag, Hannah. 2003. Salamanders can do maths. Nature Science Update (May 3). Available at

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Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

[book] Ancient Computing: From Counting to Calendars — Michael Woods, Mary B. Woods

Published by Lerner Publishing, 2000.

Did you know that computing has to do with more than computers? “Computing involves using numbers to count, solve problems, and gather information.” Although computers are new, computing is very old. Find out how ancient civilizations used numbers. Discover Babylonian maps, Egyptian measurements, and ancient Indian mathematics. Chinese, Mesoamerican, Grecian, and Roman computing are also discussed, as well as famous mathematicians, including Hypatia, Euclid, and Archimedes. From counting to calendars, computing was part of the ancient world.

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Power Words

calculus The branch of mathematics that finds the maximum or minimum values of functions by means of differentiation and integration. Calculus can be used to calculate such things as rates of change, the area bounded by curves, and the volume bounded by surfaces.

primate Any of various mammals having a highly developed brain, eyes facing forward, a shortened nose and muzzle, and opposable thumbs. Primates usually live in groups with complex social systems, and their high intelligence allows them to adapt

their behavior successfully to different environments. Lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans are primates.

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