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Africa Counts Number and Pattern in African Cultures

ISBN-10: 1556523505
ISBN-13: 9781556523502
Edition: 3rd 1999
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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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