Ishango Day 3
Fonds for Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Fund for Scientific Research of Flanders Ministère du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, chargé de la Recherche scientifique. Ministerie van de Regering van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, belast met Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek. Ishango, 22000 and 50 years later. Day 3, March 2:
Mathematics day.
Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium

Paulus Gerdes is a well-known authority in ethnomathematics

Space scientist Pletser is interested in math and archaeology
Chair: Guido Vanden Berghe, University Gent, Belgium.
10h: Slavik Jablan (Serbia, USA): Do you like Paleolithic op-art?; click for CV and sumary of his talk.
11h: Vladimir Pletser (Senior Researcher), European Space Agency ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: An interpretation of the Ishango rods; click for CV (in French).
12h: Reza Sarhangi (Towson University, USA): Medieval Persian Art and Mathematics; click for CV.

14h: Ad Meskens (Hogeschool Antwerpen – VUB): No!
Mathematics is about 2600 years old, not 22000, and begun in Greece.
15h: Paulus Gerdes (African Mathematical Union), Mozambique: Mathematics in African history: From Ishango to the present; click for CV and summary of his talk.
17h: Bill Hawkins (USA), President of SUMMA: The Ishango rod and improving mathematics education of African-Americans. SUMMA stands for Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement, a special program of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Bill Hawkins edited a poster on African and African-American Pioneers in Mathematics, featuring the Ishango rod, and distributed over all colleges and universities in the USA; click for CV and summary of his talk.
John Belcher (USA), Founding Partner CrossPulse Consultants: Producing "fierce" African American mathematics, science, and technology learners; click for more information.

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Slavik Jablan, a topologist (worked with Kauffman e.a.), will explain mathematical properties of prehistoric art such as the 23 000-years-old Mezin artefact from Ukraine.
Reza Serhangi, a mathematician from Towson University, will talk about the role of different cultures, and in particular of those from people in the Middle East, in the history of mathematics.