Architecture and Math of the so-called "primitive" Africans?

"IN 1988, RON EGLASH was studying aerial photographs of a traditional

Tanzanian village when a strangely familiar pattern caught his eye.

The thatched-roof huts were organized in a geometric pattern of

circular clusters within circular clusters, an arrangement Eglash

recognized from his former days as a Silicon Valley computer engineer.

Stunned, Eglash digitized the images and fed the information into a

computer. The computer's calculations agreed with his intuition: He was

seeing fractals.

Since then, Eglash has documented the use of fractal geometry-the

geometry of similar shapes repeated on ever-shrinking scales-in

everything from hairstyles and architecture to artwork and religious

practices in African culture.

In some cases Eglash found that fractal designs were based purely on

aesthetics-they simply looked good to the people who used them. In many

cases, however, Eglash found that step-by-step mathematical procedures

were producing these designs, many of them surprisingly sophisticated.

While visiting the Mangbetu society in central Africa, he studied

the tradition of using multiples of 45-degree angles in the native

artwork. The concept is similar to the shapes that American geometry

students produce using only a compass and a straight edge, he said. In

the Mangbetu society, the uniform rules allowed the artisans to compete for the best design."

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3 Answers

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    that is not a question

  • chloe
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Thank you for posting this. It's fascinating.

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Ham's descendents did many great things, including found Egypt.

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