# String Figures as Mathematics?A Conceptualization of String Figure-Making

String Figures as Mathematics?: A Conceptualization of String Figure-Making [This chapter argues that the process of making a string figure can be analyzed as a series of “simple movements”—or “elementary operations”. A string figure can thus be seen as the result of a “procedure”. Published collections of string figures provide evidence that ordered sets of elementary operations (or sub-procedures), having a noticeable impact on certain configurations of the string, have been clearly identified, memorized and sometimes named by string figure practitioners within different societies. The creation of string figures can thus be regarded as the result of an intellectual process of organizing elementary operations through genuine “algorithms” based on investigations of complex spatial configurations, and constantly dealing with the concepts of transformation and iteration.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

# String Figures as Mathematics?A Conceptualization of String Figure-Making

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 36)
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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
ISBN
978-3-319-11993-9
Pages
27 –68
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11994-6_3
Publisher site
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### Abstract

[This chapter argues that the process of making a string figure can be analyzed as a series of “simple movements”—or “elementary operations”. A string figure can thus be seen as the result of a “procedure”. Published collections of string figures provide evidence that ordered sets of elementary operations (or sub-procedures), having a noticeable impact on certain configurations of the string, have been clearly identified, memorized and sometimes named by string figure practitioners within different societies. The creation of string figures can thus be regarded as the result of an intellectual process of organizing elementary operations through genuine “algorithms” based on investigations of complex spatial configurations, and constantly dealing with the concepts of transformation and iteration.]

Published: Oct 16, 2014

Keywords: Normal Position; Solomon Island; Final Figure; Distal Side; Elementary Operation

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