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Humanist Archives: Jan. 31, 2020, 6:41 a.m. Humanist 33.579 - more on ethnomathematics

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    [1]    From: Henry Schaffer 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.577: software & (ethno)mathematics? (17)

    [2]    From: David Zeitlyn 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.577: software & (ethno)mathematics? (17)

        Date: 2020-01-30 13:36:16+00:00
        From: Henry Schaffer 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.577: software & (ethno)mathematics?

I'm intrigued by the area of "ethnomathematics" and how it is or could be
different from "Western mathematics."

I have taught courses in which Pascal's Triangle was a topic, and a
colleague in the area of Chinese History happened to notice this and told
me about how it was known in China much earlier, gave me a reference -- see
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal's_triangle#History  for material about
it being taught in China half a millennium earlier.

Is that "ethnomathematics"? If so, I don't see any difference between that
and "Western mathematics."

Or am I missing the meaning?

--henry schaffer

        Date: 2020-01-30 10:04:54+00:00
        From: David Zeitlyn 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.577: software & (ethno)mathematics?


for Nigerian maths see

Verran, Helen. 1999. "Staying true to the laughter in Nigerian
classrooms." In Actor Network Theory and after. Sociological review
monograph, edited by John Law and John Hassard, 136-55. London:
Blackwells and The Sociological Review.

Verran, Helen. 2001. Science and an African logic. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press.

not sure if this will help on the software side but excellent on ethnomaths!


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