Elementary, My Dear Chimpanzee

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Science  19 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5503, pp. 440-441
DOI: 10.1126/science.1057937

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Folk Physics for Apes The Chimpanzee's Theory of How the World Works. Daniel J. Povinelli. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000. 407 pp. $85. ISBN 0-19-857220-4.

Povinelli argues that a chimpanzee's understanding of the physical world is radically different from our own; our reviewer finds this conclusion undermined by serious problems with the design and interpretation of the experiments that form the framework for the book.