Ethnomathematics in Anatolia-Turkey: Mathematical Thoughts in Multiculturalism

Ahmet Küçük



Mathematical thoughts are in interaction with culture and they, together, form an indivisible whole. Therefore, Ethnomathematics both helps us understanding the nature of mathematics and contributes to understanding of one’s self as well as the other people sharing the same planet.Ethnomathematics reflects the studies of mathematical thoughts of multicultural or traditional societies. Mathematical thought is an approach in which people try to find quick and systematic solutions to a problem in many ways. The role of Ethnomathematics, which studies mathematical thoughts, cannot be ignored in a historical-cultural context. This paper examines some reflections of Ethnomathematics in Anatolian culture through geometry perception in engineering field, carpet, rug motifs and intelligence games.


Los pensamientos matemáticos están en interacción con la cultura y forman un todo indivisible. Por consiguiente la Etnomatemática nos ayuda a comprender la naturaleza de las matemáticas y contribuye a la comprensión de uno mismo, así como a las demás personas que comparten el mismo planeta.La Etnomatemática refleja los estudios del pensamiento matemático de las sociedades multiculturales o tradicionales. El pensamiento matemático es un enfoque en que las personas intentan encontrar soluciones rápidas y sistemáticas a un problema de varias maneras. El rol de la Etnomatemática, que estudia los pensamientos matemáticos, no puede ser ignorado en un contexto histórico-cultural. Este documento examina algunas reflexiones etnomatemáticas en la cultura Anatoliana a través de la percepción de la geométrica

Palabras clave

Ethnomathematics; History of mathematics; Anthropology; Mathematics education; Geometry; Etnomatemática; Historia de las matemáticas; Antropología; Educación matemática; Geometría

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Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática: perspectivas socioculturales de la Educación Matemática
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