Mathematics and Magic Realism: A Study of "The Raven Legend"

Journal Of Humanistic Mathematics

Thursday, July 29, 2021


The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics published Veselin Jungic's article Mathematics and Magical Realism: A Study of "The Raven Legend.

Abstract: This article demonstrates that “The Raven Legend”, a Haida myth transcribed by Franz Boas in 1888, is full of (ethno)mathematical concepts that Haida society used to make sense of the natural, real world. Calculus can be used to model several segments of the story since the narrative relied heavily on ideas that a mathematician would identify as the concepts of infinity and mathematical limits.

Balance Rock, Haida Gwaii, (Courtesy P. Borghardt)