By Leigh N. Wood (auth.), Helaine Selin (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1402002602

ISBN-13: 9781402002601

ISBN-10: 9401143013

ISBN-13: 9789401143011

*Mathematics throughout Cultures: A background of Non-Western Mathematics* involves essays facing the mathematical wisdom and ideology of cultures outdoor the U.S. and Europe. as well as articles surveying Islamic, chinese language, local American, Aboriginal Australian, Inca, Egyptian, and African arithmetic, between others, the booklet comprises essays on Rationality, common sense and arithmetic, and the move of information from East to West. The essays deal with the connections among technology and tradition and relate the mathematical practices to the cultures which produced them. each one essay is definitely illustrated and includes an in depth bibliography. as the geographic diversity is worldwide, the e-book fills a spot in either the background of technological know-how and in cultural experiences. it may discover a position at the bookshelves of complex undergraduate scholars, graduate scholars, and students, in addition to in libraries serving these groups.

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Smith, David Eugene. History of Mathematics. New York: Ginn and Company, 1925; reprinted New York: Dover, 1958. Smith, Geoffrey Howard. ' In Advanced Mathematical Discourse, Leigh N. Wood and Gillian Perrett, eds. Sydney: UTS, 1997, pp. 5-17. Tobin, Jacqueline L. and Raymond G. Dobard. Hidden in Plain View. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Wood, Leigh Norma and Gillian Perrett, eds. Advanced Mathematical Discourse. Sydney: UTS, 1997. Zaslavsky, Claudia. Africa Counts. New York: Lawrence Hill Books, 1973.

Zaslavsky, Claudia. Africa Counts. New York: Lawrence Hill Books, 1973. ' Notices of the American Mathematical Society 40: 978-981, 1993. RONEGLASH ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ETHNOMATHEMATICS The term 'ethnomathematics' has two distinct meanings currently in use. D'Ambrosio (1990), who coined the term, takes it to mean a general anthropology of mathematical thought and practice. In that sense, the word applies to the connections between mathematics and culture in every geographic area, every human group, and in every historical moment on earth.

Most students and teachers are delighted to find real examples of African geometric algorithms or Native American applications of probability. But these examples take a great deal of skill to discover, analyze, and combine with standard mathematics curricula. What goes under the name of multicultural mathematics is too often a cheap shortcut that merely replaces Dick and Jane counting marbles with Tatuk and Esteban counting coconuts. Of the few texts that do use indigenous math, almost all examples are restricted to primary school level.

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