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Blacks and Science Volume Two:

West and East African Contributions to Science and Technology & Intellectual Life and Legacy of Timbuktu

Published on October 16, 2013 | Written by Mr Robin Walker (Author)

Did YOU know any of the following facts?
  • The Bamoun Kingdom, now in today’s Cameroon, has 7,000 surviving manuscripts in their own script
  • Timbuktu astronomers used the cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant and cosecant functions of trigonometry
  • The Dogon of Mali had an early and wholly indigenous notion of ‘big bang’ derived from a singularity
  • A number of iron and copper tools were excavated in Senegal that dated from 2800 BC
  • The total amount of gold mined in the desert regions of West Africa to the year 1500 was $35 billion at 1998 gold prices
  • A surviving sixteenth century Timbuktu manuscript has a formula for making toothpaste and adds that regular brushing of your teeth removes bad breath
  • A 1342 text published in Cairo mentions two royal Malian voyages sailing across the Atlantic involving hundreds of vessels
  • The Royal Palace of the Ashanti Empire contained a suite of apartments on its upper floor that reminded a visitor to the palace of Wardour Street in Central London
  • Glass was manufactured at the Yoruba capital of Ile-Ife in the sixth century
  • According to New Scientist, there are even surviving Timbuktu manuscripts that deal with climatology

blacks&science-vol2 copyBlacks and Science Volume Two is largely a synthesis of previously published Kindle e-books or lecture-essays West African Contributions to Science and Technology combined with Intellectual Life and Legacy of Timbuktu. However, new information not present in either e-book has been added on East Africa. This book is a general introduction to the role played by the West and East Africans in the evolution of Mathematics, Astronomy & Physics, Metallurgy, Medicine & Surgery, Boat Building & Navigation, Architecture, and Crafts & Industry. It also discusses the content, importance and implications of the recently rediscovered manuscripts of Timbuktu.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492996238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492996231

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