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How to Pronounce Mathematical Notation

  1. Sep 22, 2005 #1
    Hey folks, I wasn't sure where to post this, but hopefully this is okay. I've always wondered how the following symbols are pronounced:


    and whatnot. I think I've heard the first pronouced "v not" and the others pronounced "V sub i" and "V sub x" but I'm wondering if this is correct.

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  3. Sep 22, 2005 #2
    Those pronounciations are just fine.
  4. Sep 22, 2005 #3
    Note that the actual word being pronounced is "naught", a synonym for nothing or 0, not o.
  5. Sep 25, 2005 #4
    thanks folks, thats just what i wanted to know :biggrin:
  6. Sep 26, 2005 #5

    Tom Mattson

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    While we're at it, would anyone like to tell me how to pronounce "Lebesgue"?
  7. Sep 26, 2005 #6
    "Stieltjes" would be nice too. :rofl:
  8. Sep 26, 2005 #7

    Tom Mattson

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    That one I know! It's STEELT-yes.

    OK, buddy, quid pro quo: Give me Lebesgue.
  9. Sep 26, 2005 #8
    According to the French, it's Luh-Beg, where Le is pronounced as the definite article "le". Elsewhere, it's pronounced closer to Leh-beg.
  10. Sep 26, 2005 #9


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    "Mathematics Pronunciation Guide - A Megametamathematical Guide, for the Diacritally Challenged, of the Proper American English Pronunciation of Terms and Names"
    http://waukesha.uwc.edu/mat/kkromare/up.html [Broken]
    http://waukesha.uwc.edu/mat/kkromare/main.html [Broken] [with frames]
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