Mathematics Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Mathematics

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Helaine Selin
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Mathematics - 479 pages
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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Contents

Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnomathematics
13
Rationality and the Disunity of the Sciences
36
Challenges Arising in Working
55
A Historiographical Proposal for NonWestern Mathematics
79
The Uses of Mathematics in Ancient Iraq 6000600
93
Egyptian Mathematics
115
Islamic Mathematics
137
The Hebrew Mathematical Tradition
166
The Ethnomathematics of the Sioux Tipi and Cone
239
Traditional Mathematics in Pacific Cultures
253
Disparate Mathematics
288
On Mathematical Ideas in Cultural Traditions of Central
313
Some Stories
344
Chinese Mathematical Astronomy
373
The Mathematical Accomplishments of Ancient Indian
408
The Dawn of Wasan Japanese Mathematics
423

Thomas E Gilsdorf
189
Mesoamerican Mathematics
205
Development of Materials for Ethnomathematics in Korea
455
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