# The Words of Mathematics: An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms in English

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*Steven Schwartzman*

MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

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.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

Mathematical dictionaries rarely explain where any of the terms came from, and then only briefly … This is the first book that combines a mathematical dictionary and an etymological dictionary and, as such, is recommended for any library covering the field of mathematics.

-- American Reference Books Annual

# Table of Contents

## The Words of Mathematics: An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms in English

- Cover cover11
- Title page iii4
- Contents vii8
- Introduction 19
- Acknowledgments 917
- A 1725
- B 3240
- C 3947
- D 6573
- E 7987
- F 92100
- G 97105
- H 101109
- I 111119
- J 121129
- K 122130
- L 123131
- M 130138
- N 142150
- O 148156
- P 156164
- Q 177185
- R 181189
- S 191199
- T 216224
- U 231239
- V 233241
- W 236244
- Y 238246
- Z 238246
- Appendix Mathematical entries that are etymologically related, grouped by roots. 241249
- References 257265
- Back cover 262270