Geometry from Africa: Mathematical and Educational Explorations

Geometry from Africa: Mathematical and Educational Explorations

by Paulus Gerdes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0883857154

ISBN-13: 9780883857151

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: Mathematical Association of America

This 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

Overview

This 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883857151
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Classroom Resource Materials Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. On geometric ideas in Africa south of the Sahara; 2. From African designs to discovering the Pythagorean Theorem; 3. Geometric ideas in crafts and possibilities for their educational exploration; 4. The 'sona' sand drawing tradition and possibilities for its educational use.

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