Geometry from Africa
Mathematical and Educational Explorations
Edited by Paulus Gerdes
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Geometry from Africa by Paulus Gerdes
Book DescriptionThis book draws on geometric ideas from cultural activities from Subsaharan Africa, and demonstrates how they may be explored to develop mathematical reasoning from school level through to university standard. Paulus Gerdes provides a thoroughly illustrated and researched exploration of mathematical ideas, motifs and patterns. Many important mathematical points are brought to the fore, not via the formal 'theorem-proof' method, but in a more schematic and diagrammatic manner. African artifacts, oral traditions, sand drawing and other forms of artwork with a geometric basis, all provide mathematical ideas for discussion in this unique book. Mathematicians and teachers of mathematics at all levels will be fascinated, as will anybody with an interest in African cultures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780883857151
(253mm x 177mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Mathematical Association of America
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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