Africa: Global Leader in Fractals and Source of Digital Computing

Ever play Mancala as a kid? I did at my friend Topher’s house. It turns out the game (also called Oware or Bao) is connected to mathematical training, specifically in the field of fractals.

This 15 minute clip includes math concepts beyond mortals like you and me. However, it’s an amazing speech that we can all follow. Take the time. The speaker is an ethno- mathematician and is engaged with projects to teach math to US students.  Studies includes insights into hair braiding, break dancing and basket-weaving.  More info on the speaker here, here and here.

Learn more about and play the Mancala game here.

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