Tuesday, 29 June 2010

African Fractals

From TED Talks: Ron Eglash is an ethno-mathematician: he studies the way math and cultures intersect. He has shown that many aspects of African design - in architecture, art, even hair braiding - are based on perfect fractal patterns. By looking at aerial-view photos - and then following up with detailed research on the ground - Eglash discovered that many African villages are purposely laid out to form perfect fractals, with self-similar shapes repeated in the rooms of the house, and the house itself, and the clusters of houses in the village, in mathematically predictable patterns.

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