Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas by Marcia AscherEthnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas by Marcia Ascher

Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas

byMarcia AscherEditorMarcia Ascher

Paperback | January 5, 1994

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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.
Title:Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical IdeasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 8.7 × 7.1 × 0.6 inPublished:January 5, 1994Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0412989417

ISBN - 13:9780412989414


Table of Contents

Numbers: words and symbol
Tracing graphs in the sand
The logic of kin relations
Chance and strategy in games and puzzles
The organization and modeling of space
Symmetric strip decorations
In conclusion: Ethnomathematics