Mathematics Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Mathematics

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Helaine Selin
Springer Science & Business Media, 30 de nov. 2001 - 479 pàgines
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Mathematics Across Cultures: A History of Non-Western Mathematics consists of essays dealing with the mathematical knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Inca, Egyptian, and African mathematics, among others, the book includes essays on Rationality, Logic and Mathematics, and the transfer of knowledge from East to West. The essays address the connections between science and culture and relate the mathematical practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay is well illustrated and contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both the history of science and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups.
 

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COMMUNICATING MATHEMATICS ACROSS CULTURE AND TIME
1
ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ETHNOMATHEMATICS
13
EAST AND WEST
23
RATIONALITY AND THE DISUNITY OF THE SCIENCES
37
CHALLENGES ARISING IN WORKING ACROSS CULTURES
55
A HISTORIOGRAPHICAL PROPOSAL FOR NONWESTERN MATHEMATICS
79
THE USES OF MATHEMATICS IN ANCIENT IRAQ 6000600 BC
93
EGYPTIAN MATHEMATICS
115
THE ETHNOMATHEMATICS OF THE SIOUX TIPI AND CONE
239
TRADITIONAL MATHEMATICS IN PACIFIC CULTURES
253
DISPARATE MATHEMATICS OF LAND OWNERSHIP
289
ON MATHEMATICAL IDEAS IN CULTURAL TRADITIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
313
SOME STORIES OF YORUBA NUMBER
345
CHINESE MATHEMATICAL ASTRONOMY
373
THE MATHEMATICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ANCIENT INDIAN MATHEMATICIANS
409
THE DAWN OF WASAN JAPANESE MATHEMATICS
423

ISLAMIC MATHEMATICS
137
THE HEBREW MATHEMATICAL TRADITION
167
INCA MATHEMATICS
189
MESOAMERICAN MATHEMATICS
205
DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIALS FOR ETHNOMATHEMATICS IN KOREA
455
Index
467
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