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String Figures as Mathematics?W.W. Rouse Ball’s Mathematical Approach to String Figures

String Figures as Mathematics?: W.W. Rouse Ball’s Mathematical Approach to String Figures [The Cambridge mathematician Walter William Rouse Ball (1850–1925) devoted a chapter to “String Figures” in his popular book Mathematical Recreations and Essays. This may be the first ever attempt by a mathematician to demonstrate the connection between mathematics and procedural activities such as string figure-making. The epistemological stake of such a connection is not explicitly addressed by Ball. However, this chapter shows that he has selected some string figures within ethnographical publications and has conceived the structure of his chapter in order to shed light on the mathematical aspect, dealing with concepts such as classification, operation and transformation.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

String Figures as Mathematics?W.W. Rouse Ball’s Mathematical Approach to String Figures

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
ISBN
978-3-319-11993-9
Pages
71 –110
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11994-6_4
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The Cambridge mathematician Walter William Rouse Ball (1850–1925) devoted a chapter to “String Figures” in his popular book Mathematical Recreations and Essays. This may be the first ever attempt by a mathematician to demonstrate the connection between mathematics and procedural activities such as string figure-making. The epistemological stake of such a connection is not explicitly addressed by Ball. However, this chapter shows that he has selected some string figures within ethnographical publications and has conceived the structure of his chapter in order to shed light on the mathematical aspect, dealing with concepts such as classification, operation and transformation.]

Published: Oct 16, 2014

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