African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers

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University Press of America, Feb 16, 2011 - Education - 236 pages
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This is the first comprehensive text on African Mathematics that can be used to address some of the problematic issues in this area. These issues include attitudes, curriculum development, educational change, academic achievement, standardized and other tests, performance factors, student characteristics, cross-cultural differences and studies, literacy, native speakers, social class and differences, equal education, teaching methods, knowledge level, educational guidelines and policies, transitional schools, comparative education, other subjects such as physics and social studies, surveys, talent, educational research, teacher education and qualifications, academic standards, teacher effectiveness, lesson plans and modules, teacher characteristics, instructional materials, program effectiveness, program evaluation, African culture, African history, Black studies, class activities, educational games, number systems, cognitive ability, foreign influence, and fundamental concepts. What unifies the chapters in this book can appear rather banal, but many mathematical insights are so obvious and so fundamental that they are difficult to absorb, appreciate, and express with fresh clarity. Some of the more basic insights are isolated by accounts of investigators who have earned their contemporaries' respect.

Winner of the 2012 Cecil B. Currey Book Award.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 General Introduction
1
Mathematics of Bones
11
Chapter 03 Geometry South of the Sahara
16
Chapter 04 Numbers
33
Egypt
41
Chapter 06 The Maghrebian Tradition
50
Chapter 07 Combinatorics and African Applications
60
Chapter 08 Vector Calculus and African Applications
84
Chapter 09 The Fourier Transform and African Applications
96
Chapter 10 Mathematical TilingTessellation and African Applications
111
Chapter 11 Bifurcations and African Applications
120
Chapter 12 Fractals
145
Chapter 13 Africancentered Automated Generation of Metadata
156
Access to Mathematics versus Access to the Language of Power Lessons from the Struggle in South African Multilingual Mathematics Classrooms
188
Bibliography
203
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Abdul Karim Bangura is professor of research methodology and political science at Howard University in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in political science, a PhD in development economics, a PhD in linguistics, and a PhD in computer science. He also is the author of sixty-one other books and more than 500 scholarly articles.