# Why do we call it ‘ mathematics ‘? What is the exact meaning of mathematics?

One theory is that mathematicians like to work with Blackboard and chalk and therefore also put a lot of time in erase.So they are automatically able to do so in;-)

Simon Stevin[1 was a Flemish mathematician and language purist, who decided that the Latin term ‘ mathematica ‘ needed a translation into Dutch.That struck and that’s why we call it ‘ mathematics ‘. The Latin term is a loan word from Ancient Greek (‘ μαθηματική τέχνη ‘) That means the ‘ art of knowing ‘. The syllable ‘ wis ‘ is also in ‘ Gewis ‘ where it is connected with ‘ sure ‘; ‘ Mathematics ‘ is therefore a rather literal translation of a denomination that goes back at least 25 centuries — although you can also say ‘ science ‘. The reason the ancient Greeks called Mathematics is that mathematics was about the only things we absolutely knew. That has never changed.

Footnotes

**MATHEMATICS (MATHEMATICA)**

**N.**

Van der Sijs (2010-2015), ** Dutch words worldwide**

**‘ Mathematica ‘-> German dialect †**

Mathematics

Mathematics

**‘ Mathematica ‘; Papiamento**

*Wißkünde**Mathematics*‘ Mathematica as a school course ‘.

**M.**

Philippa and others (2003-2009) ** Etymological Dictionary of Dutch**

**(Zn).: ‘ Mathematica ‘**

Mathematics

Mathematics

**book in VNNL.**(Newdutch)

**d.d. 1657**

**Mathematics**Mathematica in

*A gheslaughter of overphysics, of physics, of mathematics***(in the margin “Metaphysica.**

Physics. Mathesis. “) [1657; Clauberg.

Scholarly composition of → **erase** ‘ sure ‘ and → **–** science ‘ sciences ‘.*Mathematics* pushed the older word *wiskunst* ‘ Mathematica ‘, previously *wisconst*

**DICTIONARY OF NEDERLANDSCHE TAAL**

**Mathematics**: Zn.: ‘ Mathematica ‘ **d.d. 1586**

**G.J. van Wyk (2003), ETIMOLOGIEWORDBOOK OF AFRIKAANS**

*,***Stellenbosch**

**Mathematics** S. NW.

Scientiskap What those Eienskappe of numbers and figure study.

From NDL.

*Mathematics* (1738), ‘ n same theorem of *clear* ‘ seker be *‘ and ‘* science ‘.First drawing in Afr. In *Patrioanswer book* (1902).

**N.**

Van der Sijs (2001), CHRONOLOGICAL DICTIONARY

Mathematics * Mathematica 1711 [Picarta: Title of François Halma

**P.A.F. van Veen and N. van der Sijs (1997), ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY, 2Nd EDITION, VAN DALE**

**Mathematics** (Zn).: ‘ Mathematica ‘

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*wisconste* 1586} of ** WIS** +

*Kunde.***N.**

Van Wijk (1936 [1912), FRANCK’s ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY of NEDERLANDSCHE TAAL

Mathematics z NW. *WIS-Konste*.Scholar.

**J.**

Vercoullie (1925), CONCISE ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF NEDERLANDSCHE TAAL

Mathematics (v. Zn)

De Wisse Kunde; Vergel.Fr. *les sciences exactes.*

**Note**

Intr.By the mathematician and language purist **Simon Stevin** (1548-1620).

**Wiskunst **and** Mathematics **were initially interpreted more broadly than nowadays.”Applied mathematics” also fell under: perspective, navigation, optics, etc.

[Lit.: J. Clauberg (1657), *Redenkonst*, Amsterdam, 55; A. de Graaf (1694), *the whole mathesis of Wiskonst*, Amsterdam