Math language is all about numbers, notations and symbols and has a language of its own. But, it’s also linked with interesting words. Every mathematical number or symbol consists of a corresponding term or phrase. Thus, the process of word formation in mathematics is often quite unforeseeable.
In addition, many specialized terms linked with important concepts were not coined for years - maths used the word radius for centuries before ‘diameter’ materialized. Addition and fraction were coined ahead of 1100 AD while determinant took shape as late as 1810.
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Quiz on Mathematical Linguistics
Guess the mathematical word which was derived from the origin as given below:
1. A Greek term Circulus (indicating to hoop around or from a diminutive of the circular Roman circus).
2. Greek term Chord (implies a piece of animal gut used as a string in a lyre).
3. Greek term Tri (implies 3) and the Latin term angulus (implies corner or angle).
4. Latin term Tangere (implies ‘to touch’).
5. Greek term dia (implies across)
6. Greek term metron (implies measure).
The Language of Mathematics
Mathematics is a science that deals with quantity, logic and arrangement. Math is used in everything we do. See how:
At a fundamental level, math is number and counting.
Then come Algebra and some operations used to ease the counting
Then there is number theory which deals with relations between numbers.
Next comes a field called Geometry which is used to describe shapes and the world around us.
Calculus is another field of mathematics that is used to track continuous changes around us and was first executed to build the orbits of planets by Newton.
Probability, one of the major parts of math whose application can be noticed in forecasting the position of an electron.
Understanding the Language of Mathematics
Help me in maths language, if that is all you keep thinking. Don’t worry as the answers to all your questions are right here. Let’s understand different concepts of mathematics with respect to the universe.
A. The Golden Ratio (ɸ)
Two quantities are said to be in the golden ratio if their ratio is just similar to the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. This is to say, consider a line and split it into two parts. Let the length of the longer part be “m” and the length of the shorter part be “n” and if m/n is equivalent to (m + n)/m then both would be equivalent to the golden ratio which is 1.618… and is represented by the symbol phi(ɸ)
B. The Golden Spiral
The golden spiral itself arises from the golden ratio. A golden spiral is a unique case of logarithmic spirals whose growth factor is φ, the golden ratio. In simple terms, a golden spiral becomes wider by a factor of φ for every quarter turn it makes.
C. The Pi (π)
Pi is a pretty much familiar constant used in many calculations across mathematics and occurs in a lot of physics equations. Pi is described as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it also has a lot of equivalent definitions. The value of pi is 3.14159 and it is an irrational number. As of now, 31.4 trillion digits of pi have been computed.
Fun Facts on Mathematics Language
Most frequently used terms in maths owe their origin to Old English.
When the Romans defeated Britain, the local population spoke Celtic.
The Romans brought Latin with them and later, other conquerors brought their languages. So, established the Anglo-Saxon language aka Old English.
Number words including one, two, three, four and measurement terms like a foot, yard, etc emerged from Old English.
Arabic math originated with the Arabic term al-jabr that implies the reunion of broken parts, where a deducted quantity on one side of an equation becomes an added quantity when shifted to the other side.
Plus or minus were frequently used by the Romans to mean ‘more or less’.
Galileo di Bonaiuti de' Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist and polymath claimed mathematics is the language in which God has written the Universe
We have observed some mathematical things that inherently exist in the universe right from the minute to the massive things. We hope that makes it justified to say that mathematics is the language of the universe. However, considering that math has been used in everything right from motion to planets and the universe. So, the confusion is whether maths is just used to express the world or is the world itself is math.