Re: Mathematics and anthropology

Nick Corduan (nickc@DORITE.IQUEST.NET)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 09:14:16 -0500

Let me second Dwight Read's sentiments. Mathematics is a very important part
of both archaeology and anthropology. For instance, the current debate about
statistcs and sampling on the archaeology list would be moot if there were no
mathematics involved (no statistics, no extrapolation there-from).

In anthropology the uses are perhaps more obscure, but they certaonly
exist. Sampling, for instance is just as important when studying linguistic
groups or religious diffusion as it is when studying cultural remnants.


Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
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