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May 24, 2009

Ron Eglash: African Fractals in Buildings and Braids

Ron Eglash is an ethno-mathematician: he studies the way math and cultures intersect. He has shown that many aspects of African design -- in architecture, art, even hair braiding -- are based on perfect fractal patterns.

When Europeans first came to Africa, they considered the architecture very disorganized and thus primitive. It never occurred to them that the Africans might have been using a form of mathematics that they hadn't even discovered yet. -- Ron Eglash, Mathematician

Check out his book African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design

2 comments:

Bronze Trinity said...

That is very interesting! I am always glad when something like this comes out. The African Diaspora no doubt has many talents and abilities that have yet to be recognized and accepted.

Ebony Intuition said...

"The African Diaspora no doubt has many talents and abilities that have yet to be recognized and accepted."

Yes lots of talent and potential.

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