Women, Art and Geometry in Southern Africa

Women, Art and Geometry in Southern Africa

by Paulus Gerdes
     
 

The main objective of the book is to call attention to some mathematical ideas incorporated in the patterns invented by women in Southern Africa. An appreciation of these mathematical traditions may lead to their preservation, revival and development. Use of female art traditional forms has implications in the field of mathematics education. See more details below

Overview

The main objective of the book is to call attention to some mathematical ideas incorporated in the patterns invented by women in Southern Africa. An appreciation of these mathematical traditions may lead to their preservation, revival and development. Use of female art traditional forms has implications in the field of mathematics education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865436015
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Sipatsi - woven handbags1
2Titja - coiled baskets11
3Mat weaving21
4Buhlolo - string figures25
5Oku-taleka - decorated pottery29
6Mafielo - grass brooms39
7Nembo - tattooing and body painting45
8Ovilame - bead ornaments61
9Litema - mural decoration87
10Ikghuptu - mural decoration171
11Pythagoras a woman? - Example of an educational-mathematical examination183
Epilogue197
App. 1On the Geometry of Pottery Decoration by Yao Women (Nyassa Province)203
App. 2Classification of strip patterns231
References234
Sources of Illustrations238
Books by the Same Author242
Map of Southern Africa244

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