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Where did the word Math came from?
MATHEMATICS. Pythagoras is said to have coined the words philosophy for "love of wisdom" and mathematics for "that which is learned."
Mathematics is found in English in 1581 in Positions, wherein those primitive circumstances be examined, which are necessarie for the training up of children by Richard Mulcaster. (The word is spelled "mathematikes.") (OED2)
The word "math" is derived from the Greek word "mathema" which means "science, knowledge, or learning."
While the ancient Greeks made significant contributions to the development of mathematics, they were not the only civilization to do so. Other civilizations such as the Egyptians and Babylonians also made important contributions to mathematical concepts.
In its earliest usage, "mathematics" referred to all types of knowledge and learning. However, over time, the term came to be associated specifically with the study of numbers, quantities, and shapes. In modern times, the word "math" has become a shortened version of "mathematics" and is used to refer to the subject as a whole.
Yes, there are different words for "math" in other languages. For example, in Spanish, the word is "matemáticas," in French it is "mathématiques," and in German it is "Mathematik." However, many languages also use versions of the word "mathematics" or "mathematical" as well.
While math is considered a universal language in the sense that mathematical concepts and principles are the same regardless of language, the symbols and notations used to represent these concepts may vary. Additionally, different cultures may have different approaches or perspectives on mathematical concepts. Therefore, while math is a universal language in theory, its application and understanding may vary among different cultures and societies.