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

Steven Schwartzman
Series: Spectrum
Edition: 1
Pages: 269
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/j.ctt13x0mzr

1. Front Matter
(pp. i-vi)
(pp. vii-vii)
3. Introduction
(pp. 1-8)
Steven Schwartzman

In recent years I’ve become very fond of asking my students why the White House is called the White House. When the question first comes up the students are usually dumbfounded. They wonder if I could really be asking them that question in a mathematics class—or any other class, for that matter—and they try to figure out what I might be driving at. More interestingly, though, they seldom know how to answer the question even though the answer is trivial. The White House is called the White House for two reasons: because it’s white and because it’s a...

4. Acknowledgments
(pp. 9-10)
5. Explanation of terms and symbols
(pp. 11-16)
6. ### An etymological dictionary of mathematical terms

• A
(pp. 17-32)
• B
(pp. 32-39)
• C
(pp. 39-65)
• D
(pp. 65-79)
• E
(pp. 79-92)
• F
(pp. 92-97)
• G
(pp. 97-101)
• H
(pp. 101-111)
• I
(pp. 111-121)
• J
(pp. 121-122)
• K
(pp. 122-123)
• L
(pp. 123-130)
• M
(pp. 130-142)
• N
(pp. 142-148)
• O
(pp. 148-156)
• P
(pp. 156-177)
• Q
(pp. 177-181)
• R
(pp. 181-191)
• S
(pp. 191-216)
• T
(pp. 216-231)
• U
(pp. 231-233)
• V
(pp. 233-236)
• W
(pp. 236-238)
• Y
(pp. 238-238)
• Z
(pp. 238-240)
7. Appendix: Mathematical entries that are etymologically related, grouped by roots.
(pp. 241-256)
8. References
(pp. 257-261)