Africa in the Age of Biology

Africa in the Age of Biology

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This paper was presented as the first annual John Gerhart Memorial Lecture at the conference of the Africa Genome Initiative held in Cairo in March 2004. In Africa in the Age of Biology, Dr James discusses Africa's long history of scientific, technological and mathematical enterprise, from tokens of the very earliest counting by humans to the sum of knowledge brought to bear in the construction of the pyramids. But he focuses on the challenges of today, and tomorrow, which he suggests Africa's leaders and scholars dare not overlook. Dr James argues that Africa stands challenged to act on its own initiative to focus investment beyond the scale of NEPAD's initiatives, provide political leadership and direct scholarly attention on making the most of genetic developments for the benefit of its populations.And, in confirmation of the test of all construction tests, they still stand today, stripped perhaps, vandalised yes, looted certainly, but still ... engineering, mathematics and physics, not to mention understanding and mastering the basics of the physics of levers, navigation ... there is a critical mathematical side to human genetics which also indicates where Africa stands in relation to modern biology today.

Title:Africa in the Age of Biology
Author:Wilmot Godfrey James
Publisher:HSRC Press - 2004-01-01


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