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Ron Eglash:
The fractals at the heart of African designs

TEDGlobal 2007 · 16:57 · Filmed Jun 2007
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Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs
16:57 · Filmed June 2007 at TEDGlobal 2007 · Subtitles available in 21 languages

'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.

Mathematician
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. Full bio
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