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Women / Art / Geometry / Africa (fwd)

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[log in to unmask] (Jeremy Oetgen)

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[log in to unmask] (Jeremy Oetgen)

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Wed, 8 Jul 1998 12:27:37 +0000

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This book may not be directly relevant to British archaeology, but list 
members might like to know about it.

Jeremy Oetgen
(British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography)

>Return-Path: <[log in to unmask]>
>Delivery-Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 01:34:44 +0100
>Date:         Mon, 6 Jul 1998 20:04:37 -0400
>Reply-To: "Hugh W. Jarvis" <[log in to unmask]>
>Sender: ArchComp-l <[log in to unmask]>
>From: "Hugh W. Jarvis" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      Women / Art / Geometry / Africa (fwd)
>To: [log in to unmask]
>
>While this is not about archaeologyt, it does fall within our
>anthropological domain (and was rather intriguing to boot). Hope nobody
>minds. - Hugh
>
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 21:48:43 +0200
>From: "Paulus P. Gerdes" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: Julio Gonzalez Cabillon <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Women / Art / Geometry / Africa
>
>Please, forward to other people who might be interested also. Thanks.
>
>Just published (July 1998):
>
>Paulus Gerdes
>WOMEN, ART AND GEOMETRY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
>Africa World Press, Lawrenceville NJ, USA
>(11-D Princess Road, Lawrenceville N.J. 08648, tel. 609-844-9583, fax:
>609-844-0198, e-mail: [log in to unmask]) (see below information for
>ordering)
>
>The book was  originally published in 1995 by the Universidade Pedago'gica
>in Mozambique and received the Special Commendation in the 1996 NOMA Award
>for Publishing in Africa Competition. The book was praised by the jury as
>"combining in an ingenious way the study of geometry with that of the
>visual arts, presenting an important challenge and stimulant to the future
>of mathematics education in Africa. It demystifies mathematics in relation
>to gender and race, and erases the borders between mathematics and popular
>culture as experienced in the work and crafts of women in southern Africa.
>The book's importance lies in its prospective impact on the education of
>African women in mathematics."
>
>PRESENTATION AND CONTENTS:
>
>African peoples in general, and those in Southern Africa in the
>post-apartheid era in particular, are facing the urgent need to awaken and
>nurture their magnificent creative potential for the benefit of all.
>Women, constituting half of the population, are still strongly
>underrepresented in scientific and technological carreers where
>mathematical ideas play an important role.
>Outside the school context, Southern African women have been involved in
>cultural activities - such as ceramics, beading, mural decoration, mat and
>basket weaving, hair braiding, tattooiing, string figures - which bear a
>strong artistic and mathematical character.
>Mathematics is the science of patterns. Southern African women have created
>and continue to create, invent, and imaginate beautiful patterns.  Some of
>these patterns from mat and basket weaving,ceramics, tattooiing, string
>figures, beading, and mural decoration, are presented in the book.
>The main objective of the book is to call attention to some mathematical
>aspects and ideas incorporated in the patterns invented by women in
>Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
>South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe).
>It is the author's wish to contribute to the valuing, revival and
>development of these traditions and their incorporation into (school)
>education. As an example of the educationaluse of female decorations, the
>book presents the reinvention of the Theorem of Pythagoras.
>
>Contents:
>
>0. Preface
>1. 'Sipatsi' - decorated handbags
>2. 'Titja' - coiled baskets
>3. Mat weaving
>4. 'Buhlolo' - string figures
>5. 'Oku-taleka' - decorated pottery
>6. 'Mafielo' - grass brooms
>7. 'Nembo' - tattooiing and body painting
>8. 'Ovilame' - bead ornaments
>9. 'Litema' - mural decoration
>10. 'Ikghuptu' - mural decoration
>11. Pythagoras a women? - Example of an educational-mathematical examination
>Epilogue
>Appendix 1: Decorative patterns among Yao potters (by Salimo Saide)
>Appendix 2: Classification of strip patterns
>Bibliography
>
>The French language edition of the book was published in 1996 by
>L'Harmattan under the title:
>FEMMES ET GE'OME'TRIE EN AFRIQUE AUSTRALE.
>
>L'Harmattan:
>5-7 rue de l'Ecole-Polytechnique, 75005 Paris, France
>Tel.: (1) 43 54 79 10; Fax: (1) 43 25 82 03;
>55, Saint-Jacques, Montreal- Quebec H2Y 1K9, Canada
>Tel.: 514 286 90 48; Fax: 514 286 82 67
>
>The author Paulus Gerdes is a Mozambican scientist and artist, who is
>professor of mathematics at Mozambique's Universidade Pedago'gica. Dr.
>Gerdes was the Rector of this university from 1989 to 1996. From 1996 to
>1998 he was visiting professor at the University of Georgia (Athens, USA).
>Within the African Mathematical Union, he is since 1986 the chairman of the
>Commission for the History of Mathematics in Africa (AMUCHMA).  He was from
>1991 to 1995 the Secretary of the Southern African Mathematical Sciences
>Association (SAMSA). He published several boks on mathematics and
>mathematics education in Africa, among which the following have appeared in
>English:
>LUSONA: GEOMETRICAL RECREATIONS OF AFRICA
>(latest edition by L'Harmattan, Paris, 1997);
>SIPATSI: TECHNOLOGY, ART AND GEOMETRY IN INHAMBANE (co-author Gildo Bulafo,
>Universidade Pedago'gica, Maputo);
>AFRICAN PYTHAGORAS: A STUDY IN CULTURE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
>(Universidade Pedago'gica, Maputo);
>ETHNOMATHEMATICS AND EDUCATION IN AFRICA (University of Stockholm's
>Institute of International education);
>SONA GEOMETRY: REFLECTIONS ON THE SAND DRAWING TRADITION IN AFRICA SOUTH OF
>THE EQUATOR (Universidade Pedago'gica, Maputo).
>
>Forthcoming are:
>
>GEOMETRICAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXPLORATIONS BY AFRICAN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
>(Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC; preface by Prof.
>Arthur Powell, Rutgers University, Newark NJ);
>CULTURE AND THE AWAKENING OF GEOMETRICAL THINKING (MEP Publications,
>Minneapolis, Minnesota; preface by Prof. Emeritus Dirk-Jan Struik,
>Massachusetts Institute of Technology);
>SONA GEOMETRY: REFLECTIONS ON THE SAND DRAWING TRADITION IN AFRICA SOUTH OF
>THE EQUATOR (Africa World Press, Lawrenceville NJ);
>LIVING MATHEMATICS: DRAWING FROM AFRICA (Africa World Press, Lawrenceville
>NJ), translation of an award winning children's book.
>
>
>
>
>Information for ordering:
>
>Here is the information that you need for ordering; "Women, Art &
>Geometry in Southern Africa".
>
>        ISBN:   0-86543-601-0   $79.95 (hardcover)
>                0-86543-602-9   $21.95 (paperback)
>
>You may pay for your order by any major credit card.  Send your order
>information by e-mail or fax as indicated below.
>
>Africa World Press / Red Sea Press
>11-D Princess Road
>Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
>Tel: (609) 844-9583
>Fax: (609) 844-0198
>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>Visit our web site at http://www.africanworld.com
>Paulus Gerdes
>Professor, Universidade Pedago'gica, C.P. 915, Maputo, Mozambique
>
>
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Mr Jeremy Oetgen             British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography
Senior Bibliographer         Room 506, Institute of Archaeology
                             31-34 Gordon Square
                             London WC1H 0PY, England

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