Women, Art and Geometry in Southern Africa

4 avg rating
( 1 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780865436015: Women, Art and Geometry in Southern Africa

Africa needs to awaken and nurture its magnificent creative potential. African Women, constituting half of the population, are still strongly underrepresented in scientific and technological careers where mathematics plays an important role. Women themselves appear to lack the confidence to take up studies in the science fields that have been considered male domains in Europe and throughout colonial Africa. Ironically, however, outside this context, South African women have traditionally been involved in cultural activities ¡V such as ceramics, beading, mural decoration, mat and basket weaving, hair braiding, tattooing, string figures ¡V which bear a striking artistic and mathematical character.

The main objective of this book is to call attention to some mathematical ideas incorporated in the patterns invented by women in Southern Africa. An appreciation of these mathematical traditions may lead to their preservation, revival and development. Use of female art traditional forms has implications in the field of mathematics education.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

Women, Art and Geometry in Southern Africa received "Special Commendation" in the 1996 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. The book was praised by the jury for "combining in an indigenous way the study of geometry with that of the visual arts, presenting an important challenge and stimulant to the future of 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 South Africa. The book's importance lies in its prospective impact on the education of African women in mathematics."

Africa needs to awaken and nurture its magnificent creative potential. African women, constituting half of the population, are strongly under-represented in scientific and technological careers where mathematics plays an important role. Women themselves appear to lack the confidence to take up studies in the science fields that have been considered male domains in Europe and throughout colonial Africa. Ironically, however, outside this context, Southern African women have traditionally been involved in cultural activities - such as ceramics, beading, mural decoration, mat and basket weaving, hair braiding, tattooing, string figures - which bear a striking artistic and mathematical character.

The main objective of the book is to call attention to some mathematical ideas incorporated in the patterns invented by women of Southern Africa. An appreciation of these mathematical traditions may lead to their preservation, revival and development. Use of female art traditional forms has implications in the field of mathematics education.

About the Author:

Paulus Gerdes, a Mozambican scientist, is a professor of mathematics at Mozambique's Universidade Pecdaogica, where he was rector of the University from 1989-1996. He was the 1986 chairman of Commission of History of Mathematics in Africa and from 1991 to 1995 was the Secretary of the Southem African Mathematical Sciences Association. He has published several other books on mathematics and mathematics education in Africa.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 79.95
US$ 124.69

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gerdes, Paulus
Published by Africa World Pr (1998)
ISBN 10: 0865436010 ISBN 13: 9780865436015
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Africa World Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110865436010

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 124.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gerdes, Paulus
Published by Africa World Pr
ISBN 10: 0865436010 ISBN 13: 9780865436015
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Africa World Pr. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0865436010 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1395669

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 158.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds