Indigenous Maths and Science
Monday, 12 August 2013
Spotlight on Indigenous Maths and Science
As part of National Science Week, the University of Newcastle is shining a spotlight on the diverse science achievements of its world-leading researchers.
The University of Newcastle's Dr Sarah Wright, together with Yolgnu women from Bawaka in Northeast Arnhem Land and colleagues from Macquarie University, have published a book that features Indigenous understanding of mathematics and science.
The book focuses on the patterns, rhythms and relationships that underpin ways of being and belonging at Bawaka. Yolngu mathematics refers to the complex matrix of patterns, relationships, shapes, motions and rhythms of time and space that underpin the ways that Yolngu nourish, and are nourished by, their country. 'Welcome to my Country' is written by Laklak Burarrwanga, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson and Kate Lloyd.
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