From: Ed Isaacs
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
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 mathematics.
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