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Open Letter to President Barack Obama (fair history of civilization)
Posted:
Jul 12, 2009 4:05 AM


Dear Mr. President Barack Obama, a prospering global society requires a fair history of civilization, including a fair history of mathematics. Mathematics may be called the logic of building and maintaining. The earliest mathematics I found so far is the ingenious lunisolar calendar from Lebombo, Central Equatorial Africa, 35,000 years old. Another big leap in the development of mathematics occured again on the African continent, in ancient Egypt, where I found a whole mathematical cosmos below the level of Greek mathematics, based on addition, including number columns for the approximation of the square roots of 2 and 3 and 5 and the cube root of 2, additive number sequences that generate good values of irrational numbers such as pi from a bad and a mediocre one, and excellent values from a mediocre and a good one, and even a systematic method for the calculation of the circle based on the Sacred Triangle 345, two thousand years before Archmides ... The mathhistorylist is a forum where these insights could be published, not right from the begin but in recent years. Now this forum is being closed down. I believe that such a forum  a new one if the old one can't be saved  is important in writing a new and fair history of mathematics, as part of a fair history of civilization that will encourage good people all over the world to join our common effort in solving the global problems we are facing today.
Sincerely, Franz Gnaedinger, Zurich



