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Geometry Out of Africa

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: Two recent books that introduce African geometry. Geometry from Africa, by Paulus Gerdes, shows how one can discover or derive the Pythagorean theorem from African designs, explores the role of symmetry (with suggestions for home and classroom crafts projects), and focuses on the geometry of the sona sand drawings among the Chokwe in south-central Africa. African Fractals, by Ron Eglash, investigates links between fractal geometry and traditional African designs, emphasizing their self-similar nature.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles, Books
Math Topics: Patterns/Relationships, Fractals, Symmetry/Tessellations, Art

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