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The Resource Mathematics elsewhere : an exploration of ideas across cultures, Marcia Ascher

Mathematics elsewhere : an exploration of ideas across cultures, Marcia Ascher

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Mathematics elsewhere : an exploration of ideas across cultures
Title
Mathematics elsewhere
Title remainder
an exploration of ideas across cultures
Statement of responsibility
Marcia Ascher
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Presenting mathematical ideas of peoples from a variety of small-scale and traditional cultures, this book humanizes our view of mathematics and expands our conception of what is mathematical. Through engaging examples of how particular societies structure time, reach decisions about the future, make models and maps, systematize relationships, and create intriguing figures, Marcia Ascher demonstrates that traditional cultures have mathematical ideas that are far more substantial and sophisticated than is generally acknowledged. Malagasy divination rituals, for example, rely on complex algebraic algorithms. And some cultures use calendars far more abstract and elegant than our own. Ascher also shows that certain concepts assumed to be universal--that time is a single progression, for instance, or that equality is a static relationship--are not. The Basque notion of equivalence, for example, is a dynamic and temporal one not adequately captured by the familiar equal sign. Other ideas taken to be the exclusive province of professionally trained Western mathematicians are, in fact, shared by people in many societies. The ideas discussed come from geographically varied cultures, including the Borana and Malagasy of Africa, the Tongans and Marshall Islanders of Oceania, the Tamil of South India, the Basques of Western Europe, and the Balinese and Kodi of Indonesia
Cataloging source
JSTOR
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1935-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ascher, Marcia
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Mathematics
  • Social history
  • Mathematics
  • Wiskunde
  • Traditionele samenleving
  • Interculturele vergelijking
  • MATHEMATICS / Essays
  • MATHEMATICS / Pre-Calculus
  • MATHEMATICS / Reference
Label
Mathematics elsewhere : an exploration of ideas across cultures, Marcia Ascher
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The logic of divination -- Marking time -- Cycles of time -- Models and maps -- Systems of relationships -- Figures on the threshold -- Epilogue
Control code
on1044738280
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691187648
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv398pmn
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not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1044738280
Label
Mathematics elsewhere : an exploration of ideas across cultures, Marcia Ascher
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The logic of divination -- Marking time -- Cycles of time -- Models and maps -- Systems of relationships -- Figures on the threshold -- Epilogue
Control code
on1044738280
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691187648
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv398pmn
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1044738280

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