Ethnomathematics A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas

ISBN-10: 0412989417
ISBN-13: 9780412989414
Edition: 1994
Authors: Marcia Ascher
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Description: In this truly one-of-a-kind book, Ascher introduces the mathematical ideas of people in traditional, or "small-scale", cultures often omitted from discussion of mathematics. Topics such as "Numbers: Words and Symbols", "Tracing Graphs in the Sand",  More...

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Book details

List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 5/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

In this truly one-of-a-kind book, Ascher introduces the mathematical ideas of people in traditional, or "small-scale", cultures often omitted from discussion of mathematics. Topics such as "Numbers: Words and Symbols", "Tracing Graphs in the Sand", "The Logic of Kin Relations", "Chance and Strategy in Games and Puzzles", and "The Organization and Modeling of Space" are traced in various cultures including the Inuit, Navajo, and Iroquois of North America; the Inca of South America; the Malekula, Warlpiri, Maori, and Caroline Islanders of Oceania, and the Tshokwe, Bushoong, and Kpelle of Africa.As Ascher explores mathematical ideas involving numbers, logic, spatial configuration, and the organization of these into systems and structures, readers gain both a broader understanding and anappreciation for the idease of other peoples.

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