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Earth and us ….. past, present and future ….. connected?

TED Tuesday: African fractal designs June 9, 2009

Filed under: history,mathematics,TED — Radiance @ 12:00 AM

 

‘I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.’ That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

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.

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