# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Number of the beasts," by Emily Sohn. *New Scientist*, 24 January 2004,pages 38-41.

This article discusses recent research showing how animals---including humanbabies---have an innate sense of number. This research could help to improveteaching strategies, unravel basic brain mechanisms, and even shed light oncertain brain disorders.

*--- Allyn Jackson*