How A Mathematician Transformed How I See African Art

How A Mathematician Transformed How I See African Art

Ron Eglash is an ethno-mathematician: he studies the way math and cultures intersect. He has shown that many aspects of African design β€” in architecture, art, even hair braiding β€” 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 Englash

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