“I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.” This is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families while researching the intriguing fractal patterns he noticed in villages across the continent. He talks about his work exploring the rigorous fractal math underpinning African architecture, art and even hair braiding — and his cool math tools for students.
My fave part of the vid was when Eglash recounts Malian fence makers’ rationale for using fractals in their designs.
For math geeks/enthusiasts, a song about one of the mathematicians Eglash mentions in the talk. Fractals to music. V cute.
Jonathan Coulton’s Mandelbrot Set. Animation by Pisut Wisessing
Duration: 2min 39sec
[tags]Africa, math, Mandelbrot, fractals, TED, architecture, anthropology [/tags]