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Egyptian origin of the term Mathematics
For the origin of the term it is impossible to ignore the Egyptian word Maat, the composition of which is the symbol of the cubit, linear measuring instrument: a first approach to the mathematical concept. The Egyptian goddess Maat is the personification of the concepts of order, truth and justice. Daughter of Ra, the Only One Creator of all things, but not even the father can live without daughter, his demiurgic power being limited and ordered by mathematical laws. Thoth, patron of the exact sciences, figure as her husband, even more precisely, fertilizing of Maat. Geometric symbol of this order is a rectangle from which rises the plumed head of the goddess, which also defines the so-called Lake of Truth. At the beginning of the Rhind Papyrus is this statement: "The accurate calculation is the gateway to the knowledge of all things and the dark mysteries." The term maat reappears in Coptic, in Babylonian and in Greek. In Greek the root "ma", "math", "met" enter in the composition of words that contain the ideas of reason, discipline, science, education, right measure, and in Latin the word "materia" means what that can be measured. Echoed by Franco Boggi (engineer and author), read in Boris de Rachewiltz's Egitto Magico Religioso. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 15:09, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
- That reads like some excellent original research, but if you read that link you will see that's not sufficient for us to make use of it in Wikipedia. Such an idea needs to have been written about in a high quality, secondary, reliable source. HiLo48 (talk) 21:41, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
OK, dont state it on main page, keep it just as discussion matter, the argument is so big and evident that I hope some enforcement will come from some specialist, to add reliability to the source: (Boris de Rachewiltz's Egitto Magico Religioso, at the moment edited in Italy by Terre di Mezzo.184.108.40.206 (talk) 11:01, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
The citation in footnote #7 contains an error in the author's name:
Mura, Robert (Dec 1993). "Images of Mathematics Held by University Teachers of Mathematical Sciences". Educational Studies in Mathematics 25 (4): 375–385.
"Robert" should be changed to "Roberta". Please see the link in the citation for evidence. I would change it myself if the article wasn't locked.
why no mention of Aryabhatta?
Aryabhatta was Indian mathematician and astronomer who is credited for early use of decimal system & zero without which modern maths isn't possible and we would have been sick with Roman numerals.
Albert Einstein: "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made." — Preceding unsigned comment added by Du 409 (talk • contribs) 05:26, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
- For what it's worth, the Āryabhaṭīya is discussed in the history of mathematics article. --Ancheta Wis (talk | contribs) 05:35, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Venn diagram image colors
Does anyone else think that the Venn diagram used to represent set theory under Foundations and philosophy in the section Fields of mathematics, would fit better if it were not color-coded, considering the images used to represent other fields? It's a stark contrast against a sea of black and white that stands out quite a bit. — Fuebar [talk | cont] 21:41, 21 December 2014 (UTC)