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Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts

Africa and Mathematics

From Colonial Findings Back to the Ishango Rods

Authors: Huylebrouck, Dirk

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  • Fills a gap in current literature on African ethnomathematics
  • Explores the discovery of the Ishango rod and the different scientific hypotheses with respect to it
  • Features a foreword by Vladimir Pletser
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This volume on ethnomathematics in Central Africa fills a gap in the current literature, focusing on a region rarely explored by other publications. It highlights the discovery of the Ishango rod, which was found to be the oldest mathematical tool in humanity's history, thereby shifting the origin of mathematics to the heart of Africa, and explores the different scientific hypotheses that emerged as a result. While it contains some high-level mathematics, the non-mathematical reader can easily skip these portions and enjoy the book’s survey of African history, culture, and art.

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“This book fills a gap in studies on ethnomathematics in Central Africa. … This book is not particularly about mathematics itself; readers will enjoy the book as a survey of African art, culture and history. The book does contain beautiful figures, imprints and photographs in colour. Highly acclaimed!” (Robert W. van der Waall, zbMath 1417.01001, 2019)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04037-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $39.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04036-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Africa and Mathematics
Book Subtitle
From Colonial Findings Back to the Ishango Rods
Authors
Series Title
Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04037-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04037-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04036-9
Series ISSN
2520-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 229
Number of Illustrations
107 b/w illustrations, 110 illustrations in colour
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