# Mathematics

Etymologically, *mathematics* means "something learned". Its ultimate source was the Greek verb *manthanein*, "learn". Its stem form *math-* served as a basis of a noun *mathema*, "science" whose derived adjective *mathematikos* passed by way of Latin *mathematicus* and Old French *mathematique* into English as *mathematic*; now superseded by the contemporary term of *mathematical* (from about the 16th century).

Mathematics probably comes from French *les mathematiques*, a rendering of the Latin plural noun *mathematica*. From earliest times, the notion of "science" was bound up with that of "numerical reasoning", and when mathematics reached English it was still being used for various scientific discipines that involved geometrical calculations; such as, astronomy and physics, but gradually over the centuries it has been narrowed down to a cover term for the abstract numerical sciences; such as, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

The original meaning of the word's Greek ancestor is preserved in several English words; for example, *polymath*, "a person of wide learning" and *philomath*, "a fondness for learning".

### The current usages of the word *mathematics*

In its current usage, *mathematics* includes three departments:

- Arithmetic.
- Geometry, including Trigonometry and Conic Sections.
- Analysis, in which letters are used, including Algebra, Analytical Geometry, and Calculus.

Each of these divisions is divided into pure or abstract areas, which considers magnitude or quantity abstractly, without relation to matter; and mixed or applied, which deals with magnitude as subsisting in material bodies, and is therefore interwoven with physical considerations.

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