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From: Ed Isaacs

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2002031621:11:47
Subject: Ancient math

I feel that learning about ancient civilizations and their
contributions to math increases the students' appreciation for
different cultures.  The Mayans and the Aztecs had astronomy and
numeration systems; the Egyptians with pyramids and numerations
systems; the Hindus had science and mathematics; the Arabs preserved
European science and mathematics during the Dark Ages and expanded it;
the Chinese made many mathematical discoveries.  It helps students
learn that mathematics was not developed by European white men; that
other cultures had a large part in the development of modern

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