# String Figures as Mathematics?Understanding Transformations

String Figures as Mathematics?: Understanding Transformations [Within the corpora of string figures, the concept of transformation is omnipresent and at work on different levels. First, a string figure is the result of the continuous transformation of a loop of string. Secondly, the sources give evidence that the practitioners worked out how to transform one figure into another. The heart-sequence analysis of certain transformations shows how the creators of these algorithms were able to partially unravel a completed figure X to join a connection point with another procedure to reach another figure Y. This provides a way of transforming figure X into figure Y. Finally, it is the final figure geometry that the practitioners transformed by working out possible combinations of “motifs”.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

# String Figures as Mathematics?Understanding Transformations

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 36)
36 pages

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# References (1)

• RH Compton (1919)

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J R Anthropol Inst Great Br Irel, 49

Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
ISBN
978-3-319-11993-9
Pages
185 –220
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11994-6_7
Publisher site
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### Abstract

[Within the corpora of string figures, the concept of transformation is omnipresent and at work on different levels. First, a string figure is the result of the continuous transformation of a loop of string. Secondly, the sources give evidence that the practitioners worked out how to transform one figure into another. The heart-sequence analysis of certain transformations shows how the creators of these algorithms were able to partially unravel a completed figure X to join a connection point with another procedure to reach another figure Y. This provides a way of transforming figure X into figure Y. Finally, it is the final figure geometry that the practitioners transformed by working out possible combinations of “motifs”.]

Published: Oct 16, 2014

Keywords: Solomon Island; Final Figure; Index Loop; Equivalent Sequence; String Figure

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