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Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas

Publisher: 
Chapman & Hall/CRC
Number of Pages: 
216
Price: 
69.95
ISBN: 
0412989417

Marcia Ascher's introduction to ethnomathematics is probably the best place in which to make one's first acquaintance with the subject. The idea is to study mathematical (or pre-mathematical) aspects of various non-Western cultures.

The idea of ethnomathematics was first articulated in Ethnomathematics, an essay by Ubiratan D'Ambrosio. In his hands, the intention was clearly and unabashedly political: by investigating and valuing the mathematical contribution of other cultures, one could make up for the cultural dominance of "Western" mathematics. Ascher's take on the subject is more descriptive, though she is clearly in sympathy with the political goals as well. She returned to the subject in her Mathematics Elsewhere

 


 

 

Date Received: 
Friday, March 17, 2006
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Yes
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Marcia Ascher
Publication Date: 
1994
Format: 
Paperback
Fernando Q. Gouvêa
07/7/2009
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 Introduction
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

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