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African people, from ancient times to the present day, have contributed seminally and significantly to the development of mathematics. Considerable empirical evidence exists demonstrating tens of thousands of years of mathematical proficiency in African scholarly, cultural, and scientific traditions. Today, researchers are finding new ways of viewing and valuing Africa’s contributions to mathematics. Ron Eglash, for instance, has observed that Africans consciously use unique aspects of fractal geometry in the way they design their homes, weave their textiles, and braid their hair. Fractal geometry is a naturally occurring feature of nature that can be found in trees, leaves, clouds, coastlines, snowflakes, ferns, and elsewhere. In addition, the human body demonstrates elements of fractal geometry in pancreatic cells and in the branching of bronchial tubes ...

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