New syllabuzz: scientists taught bees to understand numbers

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Most children learn that written numbers represent quantities in pre-school or junior primary school. Now our new study shows that honeybees too can learn to match symbols and numerosities, much like we humans do with Arabic and Roman numerals. Human language and mathematics Language is the ability to learn and use a system of symbolic representations for communication. This includes a capacity to relate signs to abstract information. For example, letters grouped together make a word which we can read, and sounded words put together in the correct order allow us to have a conversation. Human language can incorporate spoken,…

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