Geometry from Africa: Mathematical and Educational Explorationsby Paulus Gerdes
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 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.
Table of Contents1. 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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