Where Did the Term "Math" Come From?Date: 6 Jan 1995 11:48:52 -0500 From: Lisa Schreiber Subject: (none) Dear Dr. Math, Where did the term math come from and what does the word math mean? Thanx for your help. Lisa Schreiber Date: 6 Jan 1995 15:52:31 -0500 From: Anonymous Newsgroups: local.dr-math Subject: Re: The word Math Hi Lisa! According to my math history book ("A History of Mathematics", by Carl Boyer), Pythagoras is supposed to have come up with the word Mathematics, which means "that which is learned." Yes--that's the Pythagoras of the Pythagorean Theorem, which, incidentally, he didn't make up. He was the head of a kind of math cult/religion/community/ school in what is now Italy, about 2500 years ago. Elizabeth, a math doctor |
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