Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Culture

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This fascinating study of mathematical thinking among sub-Saharan African peoples covers counting in words and in gestures; measuring time, distance, weight, and other quantities; manipulating money and keeping accounts; number systems; patterns in music, poetry, art, and architecture; and number magic and taboos. African games such as mankala and elaborate versions of tic-tac-toe show how complex this thinking can be. An invaluable resource for students, teachers, and others interested in African cultures and ...
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This fascinating study of mathematical thinking among sub-Saharan African peoples covers counting in words and in gestures; measuring time, distance, weight, and other quantities; manipulating money and keeping accounts; number systems; patterns in music, poetry, art, and architecture; and number magic and taboos. African games such as mankala and elaborate versions of tic-tac-toe show how complex this thinking can be. An invaluable resource for students, teachers, and others interested in African cultures and multiculturalism, this third edition is updated with an introduction covering two decades of new research in the ethnomathematics of Africa.
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“Anyone who reads this fine book will never again view the African peoples in quite the same light.” —The New Yorker

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Explores the history and practice of mathematics throughout sub- Saharan Africa, demonstrating that math was prominent in African life. Zaslavsky, who has written previously about math games from other cultures, shows how numbers and counting are important in tribal tradition, spiritual beliefs, trading practices, arts and crafts, architecture, and games. Her account was first published by Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, Boston, in 1973, and again in 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523502
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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Claudia Zaslavsky is a mathematics teacher and the author of Multicultural Mathematics, The Multicultural Math Classroom, Math Games and Activities from Around the World, and other books. She lives in New York City.
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