Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Cultures

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April 1999



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.


Claudia Zaslavsky has been a maths teacher and maths teacher's teacher since 1959 and was one of the first educators to emphasise multicultural perspectives in math. She is the author of 13 books and lives in New York City.


"Anyone who reads this fine book will never again view the African peoples in quite the same light." -- The New Yorker
EAN: 9781556523502
ISBN: 1556523505
Untertitel: Third Edition, . Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1999
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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