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The True Size Of Africa

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This is another old classic image that I might have shared earlier but it merits repeating. As Salvatore Natoli (a leader in geography education) once said, "In our society we unconsciously equate size with importance and even power." This is one reason why many people have underestimated the true size of Africa relative to places that they view as more important or more powerful.


Via Seth Dixon, Sue Tamani, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Mark Vangoidtsenhoven
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While size is not every thing, and Ireland seems to have returned to the UK, This is an image worth discusing in Class.

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Afrikasources's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:10 AM

Just a reminder

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:01 AM

It is incredible big, but unfortunately most of the north area is cover by the big Sahara and most of the are is typically unfertilized. 

Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 4:29 PM

As we can see, there's a little overlapping here and some empty spots but it's pretty accurate. The United States and China are in the top 5 largest countries of the world list and they still fit in the 2nd largest continent of the world, Africa. I'd like to see the size comparison between Africa and Russia. I did some research on that and it turns out that Russia is a little over half the size of Africa, maybe the size of the combination of the United States and China.

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Girls lack self-confidence in maths and science problems, study finds

Girls lack self-confidence in maths and science problems, study finds | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
OECD study suggests school performance could be boosted by parents encouraging girls to consider careers involving subjects such as engineering
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Differences are cultural, not intrinsic.

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Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation, by Michael ... - Times Higher Education

Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation, by Michael ... - Times Higher Education | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Tony Mann discovers the charisma of mathematicians
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Maths is not for everyone, but it has its pleasures

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Multicultural Adamstown school ‘very proud to be inclusive’

Multicultural Adamstown school  ‘very proud to be inclusive’ | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Students of St John the Evangelist National School come from all over the world, from different backgrounds and religions
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Ireland still has to rise to the chalenge of achieving effective school integration

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“You Won't Believe What They Said in Class Today”: Professors’ Reflections on Student Resistance in Multicultural Education Courses

“You Won't Believe What They Said in Class Today”: Professors’ Reflections on Student Resistance in Multicultural Education Courses | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
(2014). “You Won't Believe What They Said in Class Today”: Professors’ Reflections on Student Resistance in Multicultural Education Courses. Multicultural Perspectives: Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 93-98.
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No maths here, but a readable article on Multi-Cultural perspectives in the USA.

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Nature by Numbers - Aeon Video

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In this 4-minute documentary, the elegance of mathematics meets the breathtaking complexity of the natural world.
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Good production values in this video.

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Mathematics/Physics Student Creates 3D Printed Puzzle of Trefoil Knot, Catches ... - 3DPrint.com

Mathematics/Physics Student Creates 3D Printed Puzzle of Trefoil Knot, Catches ... - 3DPrint.com | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Senior year of high school, I made room for drama in my class schedule by dropping from the track of honors math courses (Calculus? no, thanks!) I'd been taking
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An interesting combination of technologies and software to achieve something interesting.

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ShotCaller: Mathematics - Nylon Calculus

ShotCaller: Mathematics - Nylon Calculus | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
A moderately thorough statistical breakdown of the first four ShotCaller Carmelo Anthony predictions
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This is multi-cultural if you are a non American!

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Math Rap Videos

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@paul_aniceto Math Rap Videos. BEST ever. Thought you might enjoy. http://t.co/MmRe8zGx5X #yrdsbmath #mathchat #mathematics
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I hope these are OK, one of my classes were looking for maths raps's last week so I'm putting these up here to bookmark them. Having said that this computer has no speakers, so I don't know if they are appropriate or not yest!

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The fractals at the heart of African designs

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'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.
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The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic - Medical Xpress

The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic - Medical Xpress | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Researchers in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich have calculated new benchmark figures to precisely describe the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from a mathematical perspective.
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A current concern

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Eftal Gezer - The shortest doctorate thesis for mathematics. | Facebook

The shortest doctorate thesis for mathematics.
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I think the references constitute a sepperate sentence and the proof is invalid.

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Mathematics + creative + media = agency's magic formula - CampaignLive

Mathematics + creative + media = agency's magic formula - CampaignLive | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Mathematics + creative + media = agency's magic formula. Campaign, first for advertising & creative news
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An interesting point in this article, as the media landscape fragments, maths becomes more and more important in interacting effectively with it!

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Demystifying Basic Mathematics Through Board Game - The Guardian

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Demystifying Basic Mathematics Through Board Game
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FROM early childhood through to adulthood, generations of Nigerians have live with something akin to a morbid fear for Mathematics as a subject.
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Nothing deep here, but might give you some ideas

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One ring to rule them all: adventures in pure mathematics - The Wellesley News

One ring to rule them all: adventures in pure mathematics - The Wellesley News | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
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One ring to rule them all: adventures in pure mathematics
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What exactly does a mathematician do?
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Making the point that there is more to maths than numeracy and algorithmic precision.  

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Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education (Suny Series, Reform in Mathematics Education)

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Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education (Suny Series, Reform in Mathematics Education) Offer Price $25.28 ISBN:0791433528 Authors .
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Apart from the content its a book cover making an interestion point

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The mathematical formula for love - BBC News

The mathematical formula for love - BBC News | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Looking for the ideal partner or wondering if your relationship will last? Hannah Fry, author of The Mathematics of Love, says three things make the magic formula.
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Applying maths to the universal human problem of 1+1 = 2., Hannah Fry's work on the maths behind good relationships.

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MathsCasts: Algebra and Number Theory - MathsCasts | Mathematics | #Mathematics #collection

MathsCasts: Algebra and Number Theory - MathsCasts | Mathematics | #Mathematics #collection | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Collections | Top Collections - Everything you need to teach everything. And it's all free.: MathsCasts: Algebra and Number Theory - MathsCasts | Mathematics | #Mathematics #collection
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I threw this one up because I want to look at it later. It looks interesting, and seems to link to larger set of resources.

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Blowing up the pokies using simple mathematics - The New Daily

Blowing up the pokies using simple mathematics - The New Daily | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
New treatment explains how simple maths means you can never win big on a poker machine
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An alternative approach to a very serious addiction.

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Indians Predated Newton 'Discovery' By 250 Years, Scholars Say

Indians Predated Newton 'Discovery' By 250 Years, Scholars Say | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
A little known school of scholars in southwest India discovered one of the founding principles of modern mathematics hundreds of years before Newton -- according to new research.
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This came out of research for a forthcoming third edition of the book:

'The Crest of the Peacock: the Non-European Roots of Mathematics'  Princeton University Press.  What is of interest here is that the knowledge may have got back into Europe via the Jesuits, before Leibnitz and Newton did their thing.

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SymPy

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SymPy: a Python library for symbolic mathematics http://t.co/bpsiLKatBi
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Python is becoming a de-facto standard for scientists who need to code as part of their work. This is because productivity for non professional programmers is high this is despite the fact that In terms of pure computational performance, there are better choices, 

In that context I offer you this link.

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The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come - Quanta Magazine

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come - Quanta Magazine | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Scientific data sets are becoming more dynamic, requiring new mathematical techniques on par with the invention of calculus.
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Rethinking what doing mathematics is.

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Mathematics on Wordle

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Wordle is a great tool for picking out the key words from a chunk of text. Essentially, the more times the word appears in the text the bigger it appears […]
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Trivial but fun

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Vedic Mathematics Tricks: Squaring of Numbers ending in 5 (Five)

RT @vedicmathematic: Vedic Mathematics Tricks: Squaring of Numbers ending in 5 (Five) http://t.co/UbwSlARuAJ
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A fast way for squaring numbers ending in 5 which you may be unaware of.

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'There can't be scientific breakthrough without - Nigerian Tribune

'There can't be scientific breakthrough without - Nigerian Tribune | Multi Cultural Mathematics education | Scoop.it
Professor Mohammed Ibrahim is the President, Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), and Director, Centre for International Education, University o...
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Whats interesting here is the ida of building a centre with mathematics clinics where people can come to get their problems seen too!

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Ethnomathematics Lecture 7: Symmetry Breaking

Beloit College, Math 103: When a culture uses some technique to deliberately break the symmetry of a design, and when they do so on a geometrically regular basis, we would like to be able to...
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Skimming through this it looks like An interesting talk, but the down side is that it is 40 minutes of video.

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