FOM: whence "mathematics"?

Neil Tennant neilt at
Thu Oct 23 15:03:23 EDT 1997

A brief etymological point in support of the general thrust of Harvey's
decdl/declaration of the significance of FOM:
The Greek word "mathema" means "what is learnt, a lesson".
The Greek word "mathematikos" means "fond of learning".
Greek mathematicians, it would therefore seem, were fond of learning
about everything; i.e. "general intellectuals".
(My informant about ancient Greek is my colleague Alan Code.)
Neil Tennant

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