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Geometry, an innate ability

January 24th, 2006 | Filed under: Biology, Science, Social | 2 Comments »

An indigenous group called the Mundurukú, who live in isolated villages in several Brazilian states in the Amazon jungles, have no words in their language for square, rectangle, triangle or any other geometric shape except circles. . .Yet, researchers have discovered, they appear to understand many principles of geometry as well as American children do, and in some cases almost as well as American adults. An article describing the findings appears in the Jan. 20 issue of Science. [NY Times article]

Thanks, Neil.


2 Comments on “Geometry, an innate ability”

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