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Ethnomathematics

Ethnomathematics - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0412989414

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ISBN13: 978-0412989414
ISBN10: 0412989417
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Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
Published: 1994
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Ethnomathematics - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0412989414

Marcia Ascher

ISBN13: 978-0412989414
ISBN10: 0412989417
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 94
Publisher: Chapman & Hall

Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

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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