Etymology of the Word AsymptoteDate: 01/26/2001 at 16:24:56 From: Jeff Subject: Asymptote My math class is currently studying asymptotes. As a bonus question the instructor has asked for the origin of the word asymptote. If you could provide some insight as to the origin, I would be very grateful. Jeff Date: 01/26/2001 at 16:55:41 From: Doctor Rob Subject: Re: Asymptote Thanks for writing to Ask Dr. Math, Jeff. My big dictionary says it is derived from the Greek work "asymptotos" meaning "not falling together." It, in turn, is derived from the parts "a-" (not), "syn-" (with), and "piptein" (to fall). - Doctor Rob, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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