- The word "mathematics" (Greek: μαθηματικά or
*mathēmatiká*)

comes from the Greek μάθημα (*máthēma*), - which means
*learning*,*study*,*science*, and additionally came to have the narrower and - more technical meaning "mathematical study", even in Classical times.
- Its adjective is μαθηματικός (
*mathēmatikós*),*related to learning*, or*studious*, which likewise further came to mean*mathematical*. - In particular, μαθηματικὴτέχνη (
*mathēmatikḗ tékhnē*), in Latin*ars mathematica*, meant*the mathematical art*. - The apparent plural form in English, like the French plural form
*les mathématiques*(and

the less commonly used singular derivative*la mathématique*), goes back

to the Latin neuter plural*mathematica*(Cicero), based on the Greek plural τα

μαθηματικά (*ta mathēmatiká*), used by Aristotle, and meaning roughly "all things

mathematical". - In English, however, the noun
*mathematics*takes

singular verb forms. - It is often shortened to
*math*in English-speaking

North America and*maths*elsewhere.

## Tuesday, September 2, 2008

### Maths History - Etymology

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