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The words of mathematics : an etymological dictionary of mathematical terms used in English

Author: Steven Schwartzman
Publisher: Washington Mathematical Association of America 1994
Edition/Format:   Computer file : English
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The Words of Mathematics explains the origins of over 1500 mathematical terms used in English. While other dictionaries of mathematics define technical terms, this book concentrates on where those terms came from and what their literal meanings are. The words included here range from simple to advanced. This dictionary is easy to use. Although some of the entries are highly technical, the book explains them in plain  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Wörterbuch
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Schwartzman
ISBN: 9781614445012 161444501X 9780883855119 0883855119
OCLC Number: 967596872
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 261 pages)
Contents: Explanation of terms an symbols. - An Etymological dictionary of mathematical terms. - Appendix Mathematical entries that are etymologically related, grouped by roots.
Responsibility: Steven Schwartzman.

Abstract:

The Words of Mathematics explains the origins of over 1500 mathematical terms used in English. While other dictionaries of mathematics define technical terms, this book concentrates on where those terms came from and what their literal meanings are. The words included here range from simple to advanced. This dictionary is easy to use. Although some of the entries are highly technical, the book explains them in plain English. The introduction gives an overview of how the ancient language known as Indo-European developed into Latin, Greek, French, and English, the languages from which most of our mathematical vocabulary has been derived. Another section discusses the many ways in which mathematicians have borrowed and created their specialized vocabulary over the centuries. A glossary explains historical and linguistic terms used throughout the book.

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