African Indigenous Knowledge and the Sciences

Journeys into the Past and Present

  • Gloria Emeagwali
  • Edward Shizha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Epistemological and Pedagogical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mishack T. Gumbo
      Pages 13-32
    3. Yovita Gwekwerere
      Pages 33-46
  3. Indigenous Physics and Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Vongai Mpofu
      Pages 65-78
    3. Francis Muchenje, Ruth Barbra Gora, Ngoni Makuvaza
      Pages 79-92
    4. Mathias Sithole
      Pages 93-105
    5. Atah Pine
      Pages 107-116
  4. Architecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Patrick Darling
      Pages 137-144
    3. David A. Aremu
      Pages 145-151
    4. Aribidesi Usman
      Pages 153-158
  5. Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Gloria Emeagwali
      Pages 161-170
  6. Metallurgy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Jay Spaulding
      Pages 199-206
    3. Patrick Darling
      Pages 207-215
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-220

About this book


This book is an intellectual journey into epistemology, pedagogy, physics, architecture, medicine and metallurgy. The focus is on various dimensions of African Indigenous Knowledge (AIK) with an emphasis on the sciences, an area that has been neglected in AIK discourse. The authors provide diverse views and perspectives on African indigenous scientific and technological knowledge that can benefit a wide spectrum of academics, scholars, students, development agents, and policy makers, in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and enable critical and alternative analyses and possibilities for understanding science and technology in an African historical and contemporary context.


African Indigenous Knowledge Science History Technology Epistemology

Editors and affiliations

  • Gloria Emeagwali
    • 1
  • Edward Shizha
    • 2
  1. 1.Central Connecticut State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Wilfrid Laurier UniversityCanada

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