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**CALCULUS.** In Latin *calculus*
means "pebble." It is the diminutive of *calx,* meaning a piece
of limestone. The counters of a Roman abacus were originally made of stone and
called *calculi*. (Smith vol. 2, page 165).

In Latin, persons who did counting were called *calculi.*
Teachers of calculation were known as *calculones* if slaves,
but *calculatores* or *numerarii* if of good family (Smith
vol. 2, page 166).

The Romans used *calculos subducere* for "to calculate."

In Late Latin *calculare* means "to calculate." This word is
found in the works of the poet Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, who lived
in Spain c. 400 (Smith vol. 2, page 166).

*Calculus* in English, defined as a system or method of calculating, is dated
1666 in MWCD10, presumably from
Monsieur Hevelius’s
Calculation of the Late Solar Eclipse’s Quantity, Duration, &c
(in Number 21 *Philosophical Transactions*,
Vol. 1, (1665 - 1666), p. 369. In its early days the *Philosophical Transactions*
published articles in Latin as well as in English and *calculus* often
appeared in the Latin articles.

The earliest citation in the OED2 for *calculus* in the
sense of a method of calculating, is in 1672 in
Extract of
a Letter of Monsieur Hevelius from Dantzick
Written to the Publisher in Latin, March 9. (st. Nov.) 1672; Giving Some Accompt
of a New Comet, Lately Seen in That Country: Englished as Followeth
*Philosophical Transactions* Vol.
VII, p. 4017: "I cannot yet reduce my Observations
to a calculus."

The restricted meaning of *calculus,* meaning differential and
integral calculus, is due to Leibniz.

A use by Leibniz of the term appears in the title of a manuscript
*Elementa Calculi Novi pro differentiis et summis, tangentibus et
quadraturis, maximis et minimis, dimensionibus linearum,
superficierum, solidorum, allisque communem calculum
transcendentibus* [The Elements of a New Calculus for Differences
and Sums, Tangents and Quadratures, maxima and minima, the
measurement of lines, surfaces and solids, and other things which
transcend the usual sort of calculus]. The manuscript is undated, but
appears to have been compiled sometime prior to 1680 (Scott, page
157).

Newton did not originally use the term, preferring *method of
fluxions* (Maor, p. 75). He used the term *Calculus
differentialis* in a memorandum written in 1691 which can be found
in *The Collected Correspondence of Isaac Newton* III page 191.

*Webster’s* dictionary of 1828 has the following definitions for
*calculus,* suggesting the older meaning of simply "a method of
calculating" was already obsolete:

1. Stony; gritty; hard like stone; as a calculous concretion.The 1890

2. In mathematics; Differential calculus, is the arithmetic of the infinitely small differences of variable quantities; the method of differencing quantities, or of finding an infinitely small quantity, which, being taken infinite times, shall be equal to a given quantity. This coincides with the doctrine of fluxions.

3. Exponential calculus, is a method of differencing exponential quantities; or of finding and summing up the differentials or moments of exponential quantities; or at least of bringing them to geometrical constructions.

4. Integral calculus, is a method of integrating or summing u moments or differential quantities; the inverse of the differential calculus.

5. Literal calculus, is specious arithmetic or algebra.

In older uses, the word *calculus,* referring to differential and integral calculus,
was normally preceded by the word *the.* Listed below are some early uses
of the word without *the,* although in some of these citations the word *calculus* may be in the older sense of
“a method of calculating,” and they properly do not belong here.

The 1796 edition of the *Encyclopaedia Britannica* has, in a discussion
of fluid resistance in the
article “Resistance,” the following:

It must be acknowledged, that the results of this theory agree but ill with experiment, and that, in the way in which it has been zealously prosecuted by subsequent mathematicians. It proceeds on principles or assumptions which are not only gratuitous, but even false. But it affords such a beautiful application of geometry and calculus, that mathematicians have been as it were fascinated by it, and have published systems so elegant and extensively applicable, that one cannot help lamenting that the foundation is so flimsy.

In 1806 *The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal*
by Ralph Griffiths, G. E. Griffiths has “The whole of this analysis of the mechanism of Saturn’s ring is of the
most intricate kind, and is carried on by the author by calculus alone,
so as not to be instructive to any but very learned and expert analysts.” This citation is from a review of
*Elements of Mechanical Philosophy* by John Robinson.

In 1815 *A Philosophical and Mathematical Dictionary* by Hutton
has, in the entry for *transcendental,* the following:

He also shows how it may be demonstrated without calculus, that an algebraic quadratrix for the circle or hyperbola is impossible: for if such a quadratrix could be found, it would follow, that by means of it .any anale, ratio, or logarithm, might be divided in a given proportion of one right line to another, and this by one universal construction : and consequently the problem of the section of an angle, or the invention of any number of mean proportionals, would be of a certain finite degree.

In 1819 *A Treatise on Plane and Spherical Trigonometry*
by Robert Woodhouse has:

This completes the solution of the brachystochrone, of which there are six cases, [see pp. 113,122, 141, 145, 147, 149.] and this curve which first called the attention of mathematicians to the connected doctrine and calculus, has been also the object of their latest researches.

In 1857 the *Indiana School Journal* published by
the Indiana State Teachers Association has “ ... plain that any one who has a moderate knowledge of Calculus may
comprehend it: Let AP represent the required curve, the body commencing
to fall from A, ...” and “[This is a fine problem for solution by calculus. It can also be solved
very beautifully by arithmetic. We hope those who understand calculus,
...” and “Robinson, solved it by calculus, and deduced the interesting fact that
the perpendicular must vary as rapidly as tie smaller segment of the base, ... .”
The journal elsewhere refers to “the Integral Calculus.”

John Aldrich and James A. Landau contributed to this entry. See also DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS, INTEGRAL CALCULUS. For a list of entries associated with the differential calculus see here.

The term **CALCULUS OF DERIVATIONS** was coined by Louis François Antoine Arbogast,
according to the *Mathematical Dictionary and Cyclopedia of
Mathematical Science.* Arbogast is the author of
*Du Calcul des Dérivations* (1800).

**CALCULUS OF FINITE DIFFERENCES.** The first systematic account of the calculus of finite differences
is found in Brooke Taylor’s *Methodus incrementorum directa et inversa* of 1715. The corresponding English
phrase appears in 1763 in the title of W. Emerson’s *The Method of Increments*.
Important contributors to the subject included Euler and Lagrange. Lagrange used the term “différence
finie” and the symbol Δ*u* for
“la différence première finie du *u*” in his
“Sur
une nouvelle espèce de calcul relatif à la différentiation et à l'intégration
des quantités variables,” (1772) (*Oeuvres
de Lagrange* tome 3 pp. 441ff.).

*Calculus of finite differences* appears in English in 1802 in a review of J. E. Montucla, “A History
of Mathematics,” in *The Critical Review; or, Annals of Literature; Extended & Improved*:
“Several new branches of analysis having arisen out of the foregoing, the author treats of them to such extent
as the nature of his work will permit; such as the calculus of finite differences; that of circular, logarithmic,
and imaginary quantities; the methods of limits, of analytic functions, of variations, of partial differentials,
of infinite series, of eliminations, of interpolations, of continued fractions, &c.” [Google print search,
James A. Landau]

(Based on Cajori *A History of Mathematical
Notations.* vol. II pp. 263-7 and Encyclopaedia of Mathematics.)

The term **CALCULUS OF VARIATIONS** was introduced by Leonhard
Euler in a paper, "Elementa Calculi Variationum," presented to the
Berlin Academy in 1756 and published in 1766 (Kline, page 583; DSB;
Cajori 1919, page 251). Lagrange used the term *method of
variations* in a letter to Euler in August 1755 (Kline).

*Calculus of variations* is found in English in 1800 in what what appears to be a
review of a book by Lacroix on “Differencial and Integral Calculus”
in *The Monthly Review; or Literary Journal, Enlarged
From May to August, inclusive, M,DCCC*:
“The calculus of variations originated from certain problems concerning the maxima and minima of quantities
having been proposed; by *John Bernoulli,*
to the mathematicians of Europe. Such a problem was that in which is was required to find, of all curves
passing through two fixed points, and situated in the same vertical plane, that one down which a body would
descend from the highest to the lowest point in the least time possible.” [Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CANONICAL CORRELATION** was introduced by
H. Hotelling
in "Relations between Two Sets of Variates," *Biometrika*, **28**, (1936), 321-377. Section 2 of the
paper is called "Canonical Variates and Canonical Correlation." In a footnote
on p. 325 Hotelling remarks that "The word ‘canonical’ is used in the algebraic
theory of invariants with a meaning consistent with that of this paper." David (2001)

The term **CANONICAL FORM** is due to Hermite (Smith, 1906).

*Canonical form* is found in 1851 in the title “Sketch of a
Memoir on Elimination, Transformation, and Canonical Forms,” by James
Joseph Sylvester (1814-1897), *Cambridge and Dublin Mathematical
Journal* 6 (1851). He wrote, on page 193, “I now proceed to the
consideration of the more peculiar branch of my inquiry, which is as to the
mode of reducing Algebraical Functions to their simplest and most symmetrical,
or as my admirable friend M. Hermite well proposes to call them, their Canonical forms.” [James A. Landau]

**CANTOR SET** or **CANTOR’S TERNARY SET.**
Georg
Cantor introduced his ternary set in a note to the *Grundlagen einer allgemeinen Mannichfaltigkeitslehre*
of 1883, writes J. W. Dauben in *Georg Cantor* (1979, p. 329, n. 43). See the *Encyclopaedia
of Mathematics* entry.

**CANTOR’S DIAGONAL METHOD.** According to Kline (p. 997),
Georg
Cantor used his diagonal method in his second proof that the real numbers
are uncountable. This is contained in his “Ueber eine
elementare Frage der Mannigfaltigketislehre,”
*Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung*, **1**, (1890/91), 75-78.
For text and English translation see
here.

**CARDINAL.** Glareanus recognized the metaphor between cardinal
numbers and Cardinal, a prince of the church, writing in Latin in
1538.

The earliest citation in the OED2 is by Richard
Percival in 1591 in *Bibliotheca Hispanica:* "The numerals are
either Cardinall, that is, principall, vpon which the rest depend,
etc."

**CARDIOID** was first used by Johann Castillon (Giovanni
Francesco Melchior Salvemini) (1708-1791) in "De curva cardiode" in
the *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society* (1741)
[Julio González Cabillón and DSB].

**CARMICHAEL NUMBER** appears in H. J. A.
Duparc, “On Carmichael numbers,” *Simon
Stevin* 29, 21-24 (1952). The existence of such numbers was noted by R. D. Carmichael “Note on a New Number Theory
Function.” *Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society,* **16**,
(1910), 232-238. See MathWorld.

**CARRY** (process used in addition). According to Smith
(vol. 2, page 93), the "popularity of the word 'carry' in English
is largely due to Hodder (3d ed., 1664)."

**CARTESIAN,** from *Cartesius* the Latin name for the mathematician and philosopher
René Descartes
(1596-1650), appears in several expressions. The mathematical ones usually relate to
La Géométrie
(1637). The terms can be misleading, for as Boyer remarks:

Cartesian geometry now is synonymous with analytic geometry, but the fundamental purpose of Descartes was far removed from that of modern textbooks. The theme is set by the opening sentence: "Any problem in geometry can easily be reduced to such terms that a knowledge of the lengths of certain lines is sufficient for its construction." As this statement indicates, the goal is generally a geometric construction, and not necessarily the reduction of geometry to algebra. The work of Descartes far too often is described simply as the application of algebra to geometry, whereas actually it could be characterized equally well as the translation of the algebraic operations into the language of geometry.This quotation is taken from the 1968 edition of

**Cartesian geometry** was used
by Jean Bernoulli "as early as 1692," according to Boyer (p. 484).

**Cartesian coordinates.** Hamilton
used *Cartesian method of coordinates* in a paper of 1844 [James A. Landau].

*Cartesian coordinates* is found (with the initial letter of *Cartesian* capitalized) in 1868
in “Mathematical Questions, with their Solutions,” *Educational Times,*
Volume IX. [Google print search, James A. Landau]

**Cartesian plane.** A JSTOR search found the phrase in
1904 in H. A. Converse "On a System of Hypocycloids of Class Three Inscribed
to a Given 3-Line, and Some Curves Connected with it," *Annals of Mathematics*,
2nd Ser., **5**, 105-139.

**Cartesian product.** This set theoretic term entered
circulation in the 1930s. Previously *product* (*Produkt*) was the
established term: see, e.g. Felix Hausdorff *Grundzüge der Mengenlehre*
(1914, p. 37)) Kuratowski wrote *produit* for *intersection* and *produit
cartésien* for the former *product*
(Topologie I (1934, p. 7)). Hausdorff had
used *Durchschnitt* for intersection, so there was no danger of confusion.

In English a JSTOR search found F. J.
Murray "Linear Transformations Between Hilbert Spaces and the Application of
This Theory to Linear Partial Differential Equations," *Transactions
of the American Mathematical Society*, **37**, (1935), 301-338.

Boyer (p. 346) considers the term "Cartesian product" an anachronism
because Descartes did *not* think of his coordinates as number pairs.

**CASTING OUT NINES.** Fibonacci called the excess of nines
the *pensa* or *portio* of the number (Smith vol. 1, page 153).

*Liber abaci* (1202, revised 1228) has:

Uerum si prescriptam diuisionem per pensam nouenarii probare uoluerit accipiat pensam de 13976 que sunt 8 et seruet eam ex parte. Et iterum accipiat pensam exeuntis numeri, scilicet de 607, que sunt 4 et multiplicet eam per pensam de 23, que sunt 5, erunt 20; de quibus accipiat pensam, que sunt 2 et addat eam cum 15 que sunt super uirgulam de 23, erunt 17, quorum pensa sunt 8, sicuti superius ex parte seruauimus.This quotation was provided by Michel Ballieu in an Internet posting. He provides the translation: "In fact if you want to verify the preceding division by casting out nines take pensa(m) of 13976 which are 8 and keep them aside. And again take pensa(m) of the outgoing number, i.e. of 607, which are 4 and multiply them by pensa(m) of 23, which are 5, they will be 20; take pensa(m) of these 20 which are 2 and add to them 15 which are upon the bar of 23, they will be 17, whose pensa are 8, as higher in what we kept aside."

A phrase from the Treviso Arithmetic (1478) is translated "If you wish to check the sum by casting out nines...."

Pacioli (1494) spoke of it as "corrente mercatoria e presta" (Smith vol. 1, page 153).

Christopher Clavius used the term "Probatio additiones per 9" in *Epitome Arithmeticae
Practicae* (1607, Köln, p. 16-17), according to Albrecht Heeffer.

“Casting away nines” is found in 1701 in *A Compleat Body of Arithmetick, in Four Books*
by Samuel Jeake: “the proof af all sorts of Multiplication may be had, either by Addition, Casting away Nines, or Division.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

"Casting out the nines" is found in the first edition of
the *Encyclopaedia Britannica* (1768-1771) in the article,
"Arithmetick."

**CATALAN NUMBERS.** The phrases “Catalan’s sequence 1, 2, 5, 14, 42, 132,...” and “Catalan’s numbers” appear in E. T. Bell, “The Iterated Exponential Integers,” *Annals of Mathematics, * Second Series, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 539-557, July 1938.

John Riordan refers to “the Catalan numbers C_{2n,n}/(n+1)” in his review (MR0024411) of Theodore Motzkin’s paper, “Relations between hypersurface cross ratios...,” *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.,* Vol 54, pp. 352–360, 1948. [David Callan]

**CATALECTICANT.** “Beginning in the 1840s and almost literally until the day he died,
[Sylvester]
composed his own original verses in English, Latin and Italian and, in 1870,
published a book on what he deemed to be *The
Laws of Verse*,” writes Karen Hunger Parshall, *James Joseph Sylvester* (2006, p.
7). Sylvester’s interest in poetry is reflected in the family of terms he
created around the word *catalectic*. According to the *OED*,
the word—in English from 1589—describes verse “lacking a syllable at the end or
ending in an incomplete foot.”

Sylvester used *catalectic* as an algebraic term in “An Essay on Canonical Forms” (1851).
The *OED* quotes the phrase, “The theory of the
catalectic forms of functions of the higher degrees of two variables.” (from p.
211 of the reprint in Sylvester’s *Collected
Papers* vol. 1.)

Sylvester used his new word *catalecticant* in “On the principles of the calculus of
forms,” *Cambridge and Dublin Mathematical
Journal* 7 (1852), 52-97, explaining in a footnote:

But the catalecticant of the biquadratic function ofx, ywas first brought into notice as an invariant by Mr Boole; and the discriminant of the quadratic function ofx, yis identical with its catalecticant, as also with its Hessian. Meicatalecticizant would more completely express the meaning of that which, for the sake of brevity, I denominate the catalecticant.

This footnote appears on p. 293 of vol. 1 of the *Collected Papers*.

Bruce Reznick, who provided this quotation, writes,
“Sylvester may appear a little pompous to us, but there is a reason for his
language: a ‘catalectic’ verse is one in which the last line is missing a foot.
A general homogeneous polynomial *p*(*x*,*y*)
of degree 2*k* can be written as a sum of *k*+1 linear polynomials
raised to the 2*k*-th power . . . unless its catalecticant vanishes, in which case it needs *k* linear polynomials, or fewer.”

In a letter to Thomas Archer Hirst dated Dec. 19, 1862, Sylvester reflected on the word *catalecticant*:

On further reflexion I retract my opinion expressed yesterday evening and recommend the continuance [illegible] of the word ‘Catalecticant.’ This sort of invariant is so important and stands in such close relation to the Canonizant that we cannot afford to let it go unnamed and as this name has been used by Cayley as well as myself it may as well remain. ... I took the Idea of the name from the Iambicus Trimeter Catalecticus.”

Sylvester also used the word *meiocatalecticizant.*

The word* meicatalecticizant* which Sylvester had rejected for its lack of “brevity” and which probably subsequently
disappeared was revived by Reznick in his monograph *Sums of Even Powers of Real Linear Forms*, Memoir of the
American Mathematical Society, No. 463 (1992).

**CATASTROPHE THEORY** is found in Thomas F. Banchoff, "Polyhedral
catastrophe theory. I: Maps of the line to the line," *Dynamical
Syst., Proc. Sympos. Univ. Bahia, Salvador 1971,* 7-21 (1973).

**CATEGORICAL (AXIOM SYSTEM).** This term was suggested by John
Dewey (1859-1952) to Oswald Veblen (1880-1960) and introduced by the
latter in his *A system of axioms for geometry*, Trans. Amer.
Math. Soc. 5 (1904), 343-384, p. 346. Since then, the term as well as
the notion itself has been attributed to Veblen. Nonetheless, the
first proof of categoricity is due to Dedekind: in his *Was sind
und Was sollen die Zahlen*? (1887) it was in fact proved that the
now universally called "Peano axioms" are categorical - any
two models (or "realizations") of them are isomorphic. In
Dedekind’s words:

132. Theorem. All simply infinite systems are similar to the number-series(Strictly speaking, the categoricity in itself is not seem in this statement but in itsNand consequently (...) to one another.

Instead of "categorical", the term "complete" is
sometimes used, chiefly in older texts. The influence, in this case,
comes from Hilbert’s *Vollständigkeitsaxiom*
("completeness axiom") in his *Über den
Zahlbegriff* (1900). Other names that were proposed for this
concept are "monomorphic" (for categorical *and*
consistent in Carnap’s *Introduction to symbolic logic*, 1954)
and "univalent" (Bourbaki), but these did not attain
popularity. (It goes without saying that there is no connection with
"Baire category", "category theory" etc.) The
concept was somewhat shaken when Thoralf Skolem discovered (1922)
that *first*-order set theory is not categorical. Facts like
this have caused some confusion among mathematicians. Thus in his
*The Loss of Certainty* (1980, p. 271) Morris Kline wrote:

Older texts did "prove" that the basic systems were categorical; (...) But the "proofs" were loose (...) No set of axioms is categorical, despite "proofs" by Hilbert and others.This remark was corrected by C. Smorynski in an acrimonious review:

The fact is, there are two distinct notions of axiomatics and, with respect to one, the older texts did prove categoricity and not merely "prove".[This entry was contributed by Carlos César de Araújo.]

**CATEGORY (of a set).** See BAIRE CATEGORY.

**CATEGORY (theory).** The term category was introduced by Samuel Eilenberg; Saunders MacLane
“General Theory of Natural Equivalences,” *Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*,
Vol. 58, No. 2. (Sep., 1945), pp. 231-294. See
the entries in the *Encyclopedia of Mathematics*
and the *Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.*

**CATENARY.** According to E. H. Lockwood (1961) and the
University of St. Andrews website, this term was first used (in Latin
as *catenaria*) by Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) in a letter to
Leibniz dated November 18, 1690.

According to Schwartzman (page 41) and Smith (vol. 2, page 327), the term was coined by Leibniz.

Maor (p. 142) shows a drawing by Leibniz dated 1690 which Leibniz labeled "G. G. L. de Linea Catenaria."

Huygens wrote "Solutio problematis de linea catenaria" in the *Acta
Eruditorum* in 1691.

In a paper in the *Acta Eruditorum* of June 1691, Leibniz wrote
(in translation), "The problem of the catenary curve,
or funicular curve, is interesting for two reasons. . ."

*Catenary* is found in English in 1725 in *Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal English Dictionary of ARTS and SCIENCES:
Fourth Edition Volume I*:

CATENARIA, is the Curve Line which a Rope hanging freely between two Points of Suspension forms itself into. What the Nature of this Curve is, was enquired amongst the Geometricians inGalileo’s time, but I don’t find any thing was done towards a Discovery till in the Year 1690,James Bermoullipublished it as a Problem; which about two Months after, Leibnitz declared he had found out, and would communicate with the Year: InDecember,1690,Johnthe Brother ofJames Bernoullicommunicated an Investigation of it to the Editors of theActa Eruditorium,which was publish’d afterwardsJune,1691. ThisCatenaryorFunicularhe saith he found not to be trulyGeometrical,but of theMechanical Kind,because its Nature cannot be expressed by a determinate Algebraick Equation; butLeibnitzgives its Construction Geometrically.

In 1727-41, Ephraim Chambers' *Cyclopedia or Universal Dictionary
of Arts and Sciences* uses the Latin form *catenaria* in the
article on the tractrix (OED2).

The OED shows a use of *catenarian curve* in English in 1751.

The 1771 edition of the *Encyclopaedia Britannica* uses
the Latin form *catenaria:*

CATENARIA, in the higher geometry, the name of a curve line formed by a rope hanging freely from two points of suspension, whether the points be horizontal or not. See FLUXIONS.

In a letter to Thomas Jefferson dated Sept. 15, 1788, Thomas
Paine, discussing the design of a bridge, used the term
*catenarian arch*:

Whether I shall set off a catenarian Arch or an Arch of a Circle I have not yet determined, but I mean to set off both and take my choice. There is one objection against a Catenarian Arch, which is, that the Iron tubes being all cast in one form will not exactly fit every part of it. An Arch of a Circle may be sett off to any extent by calculating the Ordinates, at equal distances on the diameter. In this case, the Radius will always be the Hypothenuse, the portion of the diameter be the Base, and the Ordinate the perpendicular or the Ordinate may be found by Trigonometry in which the Base, the Hypothenuse and right angle will be always given.

In a reply to Paine dated Dec. 23, 1788, Thomas Jefferson
used the word *catenary*:

You hesitate between the catenary, and portion of a circle. I have lately received from Italy a treatise on the equilibrium of arches by the Abbé Mascheroni. It appears to be a very scientifical work. I have not yet had time to engage in it, but I find that the conclusions of his demonstrations are that 'every part of the Catenary is in perfect equilibrium.'

**CATHETUS.** Nicolas Chuquet (d. around 1500), writing in French,
used the word *cathète* (DSB).

*Cathetus* occurs in English in 1571 in *A
Geometricall Practise named Pantometria* by Thomas Digges
(1546?-1595) (although it is spelled Kathetus).

*Cathetus* is found in English in the Appendix to the 1618
edition of Edward Wright’s translation of Napier’s *Descriptio.*
The writer of the Appendix is anonymous, but may have been Oughtred.

The terms **CAUCHY CONVERGENCE** and **CAUCHY SEQUENCE** derive from the work of
Maurice Fréchet
(1878-1973) (Katz). In
"Sur quelques points du calcul fonctionnel,"
*Rendiconti del Circolo matematico di Palermo*,
**22**, (1906) p. 23 Fréchet writes of a sequence
of elements of a set satisfying "les conditions de Cauchy" although he gives
no reference to Cauchy. A *JSTOR* search found *Cauchy sequence* in
K. W. Lamson "A General Implicit Function Theorem with an Application to Problems of Relative Minima,"
*American Journal of Mathematics*, **42**, (1920), p. 245.

**CAUCHY CONVERGENCE TEST.** *Cauchy’s integral test* is
found in 1893 in *A Treatise on the Theory of Functions* by
James Harkness and Frank Morley: "Cauchy’s integral test for the
convergence of simple series can be extended to double series."

*Cauchy’s condition of convergence* is found in 1915 in an English translation of *Contributions
to the Founding of the Theory of Transfinite Numbers*
By Georg Cantor: “a sequence of numbers satisfying Cauchy’s condition of convergence.” [Google
print search, James A. Landau]

*Cauchy’s convergence test* and *Cauchy test* appear in
1937 in *Differential and Integral Calculus,* 2nd. ed. by R.
Courant. Courant writes that the test is also called the *general
principle of convergence* [James A. Landau].

and variants of it have been studied for around 300
years in a variety of contexts. In its oldest form it is known as the WITCH OF AGNESI. The history of the use of the function in
probability is traced in S. M. Stigler “Cauchy and the Witch of Agnesi” (in
Stigler (1999)). The function was introduced by
Poisson in 1824 in his
“Sur la probabilité des résultats moyens des observations,” *Connaissance des Temps pour l’an 1827*,
273-302 and the association is duly noted in Bertand’s *Calcul des
Probabilités* (1889, p. 257). However, the name most often
associated with the function is that of
Cauchy
who reintroduced the function in 1853 in his “Sur les résultats moyens
d’observations de même nature, et sur les résultats les plus probables,”
*Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences*, **37,** (1853), 198-206.
The name, “la loi de Cauchy,” appears in Lévy’s *Calcul des Probabilités* (1925, p. 179);
Lévy had an interest in the law as one of the STABLE LAWS.
In the English literature the name “Cauchy distribution” entered circulation in
the 1930s: see e.g. B. O. Koopman’s “On Distributions Admitting a
Sufficient Statistic,” *Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*, **39**,
(1936), pp. 399-409. Earlier writers had other ways of referring to the
distribution; thus to R. A. Fisher (Mathematical
Foundations of Theoretical Statistics (1922), pp. 321-2) it was a Pearson
“Type VII” distribution; for this terminology see the entry PEARSON CURVES.

A version of the function is used in optics where it
is called the **LORENTZIAN FUNCTION** after
H. A. Lorentz
“The
width of spectral lines,” *Proc. Acad.
Sci. Amsterdam*, **18**, (1915), 134-150; see *MathWorld*
Lorentzian Function.
In particle physics there is another version called the **BREIT-WIGNER DISTRIBUTION** after
G. Breit &
E. P. Wigner
“Capture of slow neutrons,” *Physical
Review*, **49**, (1936), 519-544.
See Chronology of
Milestone Events in Particle Physics and *Wikipedia* Relativistic Breit–Wigner
distribution. [This entry was contributed by John Aldrich.]

**CAUCHY-RIEMANN EQUATIONS.** These equations had
been studied by d’Alembert and Euler in the eighteenth century but they were
made the basis of a theory of complex analysis in the nineteenth century by
Cauchy and
Riemann.
The relevant works are A. L. Cauchy, "Mémoire sur les
intégrales définies," (1814 but published in 1827)
*Oeuvres Ser. 1*, **1**
pp. 319-506 and B. F. Riemann "Grundlagen für
eine allgemeine Theorie der Funktionen einer veränderlichen komplexen Grösse" (1851)
*Werke
p. 1*. See Kline chapter 27 and the
Encyclopaedia of Mathematics article
Cauchy-Riemann conditions. [John Aldrich]

**CAUCHY’S THEOREM** appears in 1868 in Genocchi, "Intorno ad un
teorema di Cauchy," *Brioschi Ann.*

The term also appears in the title "Sur un théorème de Cauchy présenté par M. Hermite" (1868).

*Cauchy’s theorem* appears in the third edition of *An
Elementary Treatise on the Theory of Equations* (1875) by Isaac
Todhunter.

**CAUCHY-SCHWARZ INEQUALITY.**
The term *l’inégalité de Schwarz* is found in an 1896
paper
by Poincare in *Acta Mathematica 20.*

*Cauchy-Schwarz inequality* was used in English by
Hardy and Littlewood in a paper in
*Nachrichten von der
Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen*, 1920, p. 39.

The history of the contributing inequalities is given in *Inequalities* by G. H. Hardy, J. E.
Littlewood and G. Polya (1934): the inequality for sums is due to
A. L. Cauchy
in 1821 (p. 373 of *Oeuvres* 2, III)
and the inequality for integrals to
H. A. Schwarz
(p. 251 of his *Gesammelte mathematische Abhandlungen, Vol. 1.*),
“although it seems to have been stated first by
Buniakovsky”
in 1859. In Russia the integral version is known as the
Buniakovskii inequality.

The name "Cauchy-Schwarz" is often misprinted as "Cauchy-Schwartz" suggesting, perhaps, a spurious connection to one of the twentieth century mathematicians L. and J. T. Schwartz.

John Aldrich, Jan Peter Schäfermeyer, and James A. Landau contributed to this entry.

**CAYLEY-HAMILTON THEOREM.** This was stated in 1858 by
Arthur Cayley (1821-1895)
"A Memoir on the Theory of Matrices"
Coll Math Papers, I, 475-96. Cayley "verified"
it for the case of 3 dimensions, remarking "I have not thought it necessary
to undertake the labour of a formal proof of the theorem in the general case
of a matrix of any degree." (p. 483). Later it was realised that
William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) had proved
the theorem for quaternions in the
Lectures on Quaternions (1853 p. 566). In
Maxime Bôcher’s *Introduction to higher algebra* (1907, p. 296) the theorem
is embodied in the *Hamilton-Cayley equation*. H.W. Turnbull
*The Theory of Determinants, Matrices, and Invariants* (1929) refers to the *Cayley-Hamilton theorem*.

(Based on Kline pp. 807-8.)

**CAYLEY’S SEXTIC** was named by R. C. Archibald, "who
attempted to classify curves in a paper published in Strasbourg in
1900," according to the St. Andrews University website.

*Mr. Cayley’s sextic* is found in September 1883 in *American Journal of Mathematics,*
Volume VI, Number 1: “Mr. Cayley’s sextic involves a cyclic function of the roots, namely,
φ = *r*_{1}*r*_{2} .... ”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CAYLEY’S THEOREM** is found in J. W. L. Glaisher, "Note on
Cayley’s theorem," *Messenger of Mathematics* (1878).

*Cayley’s theorem,* referring to a theorem given by Cayley in
1843, appears in 1897 in *Abel’s Theorem and the Allied Theory
Including the Theory of the Theta Functions* by H. F. Baker
(1897).

The term *Cayley’s theorem* (every group is isomorphic to some
permutation group) was apparently introduced in 1916 by G. A. Miller.
He wrote Part I of the book *Theory and Applications of Finite
Groups* by Miller, Blichfeldt and Dickson. He liked the idea of
listing the most important theorems, with names, so when this theorem
had no name he introduced one. His footnote on p. 64 says:

This theorem is fundamental, as it reduces the study of abstract groups uniquely to that of regular substitution groups. The rectangular array by means of which it was proved is often called[Contributed by Ken Pledger]Cayley’s Table,and it was used by Cayley in his first article on group theory, Philosophical Magazine, vol. 7 (1854), p. 49. The theorem may be calledCayley’s Theorem,and it might reasonably be regarded as third in order of importance, being preceded only by the theorems of Lagrange and Sylow.

The terms **CEILING FUNCTION** and **FLOOR FUNCTION** appear in
Kenneth E. Iverson’s
*A Programming Language* (1962, p. 12): "Two functions are defined: 1. the *floor*
of *x* (or integral part of *x*) denoted by
and defined as the largest integer not
exceeding *x*, 2. the *ceiling* of *x* denoted by
and defined
as the smallest integer not exceeded by *x.*" This was the first appearance
of the terms and symbols, according to R. L. Graham, D. E. Knuth & O. Patashnik
*Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science* (1989, p. 67).
Other terms are *least integer function* and *greatest integer function*.
For notation see Earliest Use of Function Symbols.

**CENSORING** and **TRUNCATION**.
Anders Hald began his "Maximum Likelihood Estimation of the Parameters of a
Normal Distribution which is Truncated at a Known Point," *Skandinavisk Actuarietidskrift*,
**32**, (1949), 119-134 by noting that the term *truncation* had been
applied to two cases: one in which "all record is omitted of observations below
a given value" and the other in which "the frequency of observations below
a given value is recorded but the individual values ... are not specified." To
distinguish them, "the distributions will be called *truncated *and
*censored* respectively." Hald says that the term "censored" was suggested
by J. E. Kerrich.

Hald’s reference for truncation was R. A. Fisher
The Sampling Error of Estimated Deviates, Together with
Other Illustrations of the Properties and Applications of the Integrals and
Derivatives of the Normal Error Function. *Mathematical Tables,
*1: (1931) xxvi-xxxv, (p. xxxi) and for censoring, W. L. Stevens The Truncated
Normal Distribution, *Annals of Applied Biology*, **24**, (1937), 852.

"Truncated," in Hald’s sense of the word, was perhaps first
used by K. Pearson & A. Lee "Generalized Probable Error in
Multiple Normal Correlation," *Biometrika*, **6**, (1908), 59-68.

[John Aldrich, based on David (2001)]

The **CENTER** of a circle is defined in Euclid
Book 1 definition 16. The word derives from *kentron* a sharp
point. (*OED* and Schwartzman).

The *OED*’s earliest quotation comes
from Chaucer’s translation (c. 1374) of Boethius *De consolatione philosophiæ*,
“þe sterres of arctour ytourned neye to þe souereyne centre or point.” The *OED*’s
quotation from Billingsley’s translation of Euclid (1570) is
“The centre of a Sphere is that poynt which is also the centre of
the
semicircle.”

**CENTRAL ANGLE** is found
with a use in astronomy in English in 1761 in *The Gentlemen’s and Ladies’s Palladium for the Year of our Lord, 1761,*
where the term is used in reference to an eclipse of the sun. [Google print search, James A. Landau]

*Central angle* is found in 1811 in *Elements of Geometry,* 2nd ed., by John Leslie, which has the
phrase “The central angle AOB.” [Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CENTRAL LIMIT THEOREM.** Central limit theorem is in the title of
George
Pólya’s "Über den zentralen Grenzwertsatz der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und das Momentenproblem,"
*Mathematische Zeitschrift,* **8** (1920),
171-181 [James A. Landau]. Pólya apparently coined the term in this paper. "Zentral"
signified *of central importance*. *Central limit theorem* appears
in English in 1937 in *Random Variables and Probability Distributions* by
H. Cramér. (David, 1995).

Pólya’s references went back only a decade or two to Markov
and Lyapounov but the study of limiting normal behaviour is much older. In the 1730s
De Moivre found the
normal approximation to the binomial.
Then in the early 19^{th} century
Laplace,
Poisson,
Cauchy
and others worked on normal approximations in connection with the theory of
least squares. Laplace’s "On the probability of errors of the mean results
of a great number of observations and of the most advantageous mean results"
*Théorie
Analytique des Probabilités* livre II, chapitre IV, p. 309 was the most
influential treatment from that era. A new era began with
Chebyshev
(1887)
and his students
Markov
(1912) and
Lyapounov.
Pólya himself belonged to a third era with
von Mises
(*Mathematische Zeitschrift*, **4,**(1919), 1-97.)
Lindeberg
(*Mathematische Zeitschrift,* **15**, (1922), 211-225),
Feller
(*Mathematische Zeitschrift,*
**40,** (1935), 521-559,
**42,** (1937), 301-312.) and others.

(Based on Hald 1998, chapter 17 and L. Le Cam "The Central
Limit Theorem Around 1935," *Statistical Science*, **1**, (1986),
78-91.)

See also ERROR, NORMAL and GAUSSIAN.

The term **CENTRAL TENDENCY** appears to have originated in Psychology and from there passed into
the general statistical literature. The term was used by the American
psychologist Edward L. Thorndike writing in 1905 in *Measurements of Twins*. In his “On the
Function of Visual Images,” *Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods,* **4**,
(1907), p. 327 Thorndike writes, “Since the average is 95 and the median is
103, the most probably true central tendency is 99.” The
phrase “measure of central tendency” appears in Earle
Clark “The Horizontal Zero in Frequency Diagrams,” *Publications of the
American Statistical Association*, **15**,
p. 663: “the mean, median, or other measure of central tendency.” *JSTOR* Search. Measures of central
tendency became one of the main topics of DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS.

See also LOCATION AND SCALE and the entries for individual measures, AVERAGE, MEAN, MEDIAN, MODE, etc.

**CENTROID** is found in 1844 in *Mathematician* 1/105: “The following locus...discloses
some elegant properties of the centro•d of a physical or geometrical system.” [OED]

The term **CEPSTRUM** was introduced by Bogert, Healey, and Tukey
in a 1963 paper, "The Quefrency Analysis of Time Series for Echoes:
Cepstrum, Pseudoautocovariance, Cross-Cepstrum, and Saphe Cracking."
The word was created by interchanging the letters in the word
"spectrum."

**CESÀRO MEAN and CESÀRO SUM** derive from
Ernesto Cesàro’s
"Sur la multiplication des séries," *Bulletin des Sciences Mathématiques*, **14**, (1890), 114-120.
See Kline (pp. 1112-3).

*Cesàro’s mean* appears in T. J. l'A. Bromwich
*Introduction to the Theory of Infinite Series *(1908).
A *JSTOR* search found *Cesàro summability* in
W. H. Young "On the Order of Magnitude of the Coefficients of a Fourier Series"
*Proceedings
of the Royal Society, A,* **93**, (1917), 42-55.

**CEVIAN** was proposed in French as *cévienne* in 1888
by Professor A. Poulain (Faculté catholique d'Angers, France).
The word honors the Italian mathematician Giovanni Ceva (1647?-1734)
[Julio González Cabillón].

An early use of the word in English is by Nathan Altshiller Court in
the title "On the Cevians of a Triangle" in *Mathematics
Magazine* 18 (1943) 3-6.

**CHAIN.** In his ahead-of-time *Was sind und Was sollen die
Zahlen*? (1887), Richard Dedekind introduced the term *chain*
(kette) with two related senses. Improving on his notation and style
somewhat, let us take a function f :
*S* ® *S*. According to him
(§37), a "system" (his name for "set")
*K* Ì *S* is a *chain*
(under f) when f
(*K* ) Ì *K*.
(Incidentally, from such a "chain" one really gets a
descending *chain* -in one of the more modern uses of this word
-, namely, ...Ì f ^{3}(*K*) Ì f
^{2}(*K*) Ì f ^{1}(*K*) Ì *K*.) Soon after (§44), he
fixes *A* Ì *S* and defines
the "chain of the system *A*" (under f ) as the intersection of all chains (under f ) *K* Ì
*S* such that *A* Ì
*K*. This formulation sounds familiar today, but in Dedekind’s
time it was a breakthrough! Now, it is easy to see (and he did it in
§131) that the "chain of *A*" (under f ) is simply the union of iterated images
*A* È f
^{1}(*A*) È f ^{2}(*A*) È f
^{3}(*A*) È ..., a
result which would yield a simpler definition. But what are the
numbers 1, 2, 3, ...? This was precisely the question he intended to
answer once and for all through his concept of chain! Gottlob Frege
(in his *Begriffsschrift*, 1879) had similar ideas but his
notation was strange and his terminology repulsively philosophic.

Dedekind’s "theory of chains" would come to be quoted or
used in many places: in proofs of the "Cantor-Bernstein"
theorem (Dedekind-Peano-Zermelo-Whittaker), in Keyser’s "axiom
of infinity" (Bull. A. M. S., 1903, p. 424-433), in Zermelo’s
second proof of the well-ordering theorem (through his "q -chains", 1908) and in Skolem’s first proof
of Löwenheim theorem (1920) - to name only a few. All that said,
it is simply wrong to say that "Dedekind’s approach was so
complicated that it was not accorded much attention." (Kline,
*Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times*, p. 988.)
Quite the contrary: the term "chain" in that sense did not
survive, but the concept paved the way for the more general notion of
*closure* (hull, span) of a set under an entire structure. [This
article contributed by Carlos César de Araújo.]

**CHAIN RULE.** As there are many possible chains and possible rules the expression *chain rule* has been used in a variety of
ways. In commercial arithmetic
it has referred to a rule for calculating an equivalence in different units of
measure when an intermediate unit of measure is involved. Smith vol. 2 (p. 573)
identifies it in early Dutch books, as *Den Kettingh-Regel* and *Den Ketting
Reegel*. The English phrase is found in 1795 in the title of a book, *
An entire new System of Mercantile Calculation, by the Use of universal Arbiter Numbers.
Introduced by an elementary Description of, and commercial and political Reflections on, universal Trade.
Illustrated and exemplified by the Elements of the Chain Rule of Three, the Nature of the Exchanges, and of all
Charges and Contingencies on Goods. Which are also reduced to a plain and concise System intirely new and universal.
By an old Merchant.* [Google print search, James A. Landau]

In another context there is the chain rule of N. Chater
and W. H. Chater, “A chain rule for use with determinants and permutations,”
*Mathematical Gazette*, **31**, (1947), 279-287.

Today, *the**chain rule* is most likely to refer to one of the oldest and most basic rules in differential
calculus. Kline (p. 376) describes a manuscript of Leibniz from 1676 in which
the rule is used. However the term **chain rule** is much more recent and appears to have originated in German in the early twentieth
century.

Peter Flor has found *Kettenregel* in *Höhere Mathematik*
(1921) by Hermann Rothe, where it is used in a slightly different way
from modern practice, viz. only for composites of three or more
functions. Flor writes, “Here the word 'chain' ('Kette', in
German) is suggestive. I tried, rather perfunctorily, to pursue the
term further back in time, without success. It seems that around 1910,
most authors of textbooks as yet saw no problem in computing dz/dx =
(dz/dy)*(dy/dx). On the other hand, when I was a student in Vienna and
Hamburg (1953 and later), the word Kettenregel was a well-established
part of elementary mathematical terminology, in German, for the rule on
differentiating a composite of two functions. I guess that its use must
have become general around 1930.”

One of the German works using the term *Kettenregel* for differentiating a
composite of two functions was Richard Courant’s *Vorlesungen über differential- und integralrechnung* (1927).
The section on “Die Differentation der zusammengesetzten Funktionen” (p. 122)
contains a treatment of “die Kettenregel.” In 1934 the book was translated into
English by E. J. McShane as *Differential and
Integral Calculus* and *Kettenregel* became the *chain rule* for
differentiating a *compound function*.
The book was widely circulated and James A. Landau suggests that it was this
translation that established the German expression with English readers.

Older English texts used variants of the expression, “rule for differentiating a
function of a function.” The expression is found in E. B. Wilson’s
*Advanced
Calculus* (1912, p. 2) while I. Todhunter’s
*A
treatise on the differential calculus with numerous examples*
(8^{th} edition 1878, pp. 37-8) has a “rule” for “the differential coefficient of a
function of a function.” In his
*A course of pure mathematics* (1908, p. 216) G. H.
Hardy used the expression “composite function” as well as “function of a
function.” He was following the French “fonction composée.” The term “composite
function” has become standard and we usually write of “the chain rule for
differentiating a composite function.”

**CHAMBER.** See the entry APARTMENT, BUILDING and CHAMBER.

**CHANCE** and the **DOCTRINE OF CHANCES.** See PROBABILITY.

**CHAOS** appears in 1938 in Norbert Wiener, "The homogeneous
chaos," *Am. J. Math.* 60, 897-936. In the note on this paper
in *Norbert Wiener Collected Works Volume 1* (p. 612) L. Gross
writes that, "By a chaos Wiener meant an additive function defined on a
ring of subsets of a given set whose values are random variables on a
probability space."

*Chaos* in its more common meaning today was coined by James A.
Yorke and Tien Yien Li in their classic paper "Period Three
Implies Chaos" [*American Mathematical Monthly,* vol. 82, no.
10, pp. 985-992, 1975], in which they describe the behavior of some
particular flows as chaotic [Julio González Cabillón].

It should be stressed that some mathematicians do not feel
comfortable with the term "chaos". As an example we quote
Paul Halmos in his *Has Progress in Mathematics Slowed Down?*
(Am. Math. Monthly, 1990, p. 563):

Why the word "chaos" is used? The reason seems to be (...) a subjective (not really a mathematical) reaction to an unexpected appearance of discontinuity. A possible source of confusion is that the startling discontinuity can occur at two different parts of the theory. Frequently a dynamical system depends on some parameters (...), and, of course, (...) on the initial point. The startling change of the Hénon family (from periodic to strange attractor) is regarded as chaos - unpredictability - and the very existence of the Hénon strange attractor, not obviously visible in the definition of the dynamical system, is regarded as chaos - unpredictability. I would like to register a protest vote against the attitude that the terminology implies. The results of nontrivial mathematics are often startling, and when infinity is involved they are even more likely to be so. It’s not easy to tell by looking at a transformation what its infinite iterates will do - but just because different inputs sometimes produce discontinuously outputs doesn't justify describing them as chaotic.Probably having in mind such reservations, many prefer to use the term "deterministic chaos". That is to say, one is dealing with deterministic systems (such as a non-linear differential equation) which

The **CHAPMAN-KOLMOGOROV EQUATIONS** for Markov processes refer to
Sydney
Chapman “On the Brownian Displacements and Thermal Diffusion of Grains
Suspended in a Non-Uniform Fluid,” *Proceedings
of the Royal Society of London, Series A,* **119**, (1928), 34-54 and
A. N. Kolmogorov
“Über die analytischen Methoden in der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung,”
*Math. Ann.* **104**, (1931),
415-458. E. B. Dynkin points out that
Kolmogorov himself referred to the physicist
Smoluchovski
who had considered a special situation. (Kolmogorov and the Theory of
Markov Processes, *Annals of Probability*, **17**, (1989), p. 823.) D. G. Kendall
writes in his obituary of Kolmogorov, “I once asked Sydney Chapman about
‘Chapman-Kolmogorov’, and was surprised to find that he did not know of that
terminology.” (*Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society*, **22**, (1990)
p. 35.) A *JSTOR* search found
the term “Chapman-Kolmogoroff equation” in Willy Feller “On the
Integro-Differential Equations of Purely Discontinuous Markoff Processes,” *Transactions of the American Mathematical
Society*, **48**, (1940), 488-515.

This entry was contributed by John Aldrich. See also MARKOV PROCESS.

**CHARACTER** (group character) appears in title of the paper
"Uber die Gruppencharactere" by Ferdinand Georg Frobenius
(1849-1917), which was presented to the Berlin Academy on July 16,
1896.

According to Shapiro:

However, in Dedekind’s edition of Dirichlet’s Vorlesungen ueber Zahlentheorie in 1894, Dedekind included a footnote in which he singled out the notion of "character," defined it explicitly, and denoted it by chi(n). [6.55]. However, he did not give the function a name. Weber’s Lehrbuch der Algebra, II, 1899, defined the function chi(A) as a "Gruppencharakter," and developed some of its elementary properties. . . E. Landau’s use of the symbol chi(n) in his texts, together with the terms "charakter and Hauptcharakter" most probably led to the subsequent widespread acceptance of the notation and terminology. Landau credited G. Torelli, 1901, with playing a major role in applying the theory of functions to the study of prime numbers [6.56]. Landau’s treatment of characters [6.5.7] suggests that it was Torelli’s use of notation that led to Landau’s. This is further supported by a 1918 paper of Landau [6.58], where chi(n) is introduced in connection with a discussion of Torelli’s results.[Paul Pollack]

The term **CHARACTERISTIC** (as used in logarithms) was introduced
by Henry Briggs (1561-1631), who used the term in 1624 in
*Arithmetica logarithmica* (Cajori 1919, page 152; Boyer, page
345).

According to Smith (vol. 2, page 514), the term *characteristic*
"was suggested by Briggs (1624) and is used in the 1628 edition of
Vlacq." In a footnote, he provides the citation from Vlacq:
"...prima nota versus sinistram, quam Characteristicam appellare
poterimus..."

Scott (page 136) provides the following citation from Vlacq’s
*Tabulae Sinuum, Tangentium et Secantium*: "Here you will note
that the first figure of the logarithm, which is called the
*characteristic* is always less by unity than the nuber of
figures in the number whose logarithm is taken" (p. xvii).

Scott (page 137) also provides this citation from Adriani Vlacq,
*Tabulae Sinuum, Tangentium et Secantium, et Logarithmorum. Sinuum,
Tangentium et Numerorum ab Unitate ad 100000*: "Si datur numerus
3.567894 = 3 567894/1000000 vel 35 67894/100000 vel 356 7894/10000
Logarithmi eorum iidem sunt, qui numeri integri 3567894, escepta
tantum Characteristica aut prima figura, et modus eos inveniendi
prorsus est idem." [Scott shows the decimal points as raised dots.]

The term *index* was another early term for the characteristic
of a logarithm.

**CHARACTERISTIC DETERMINANT, EQUATION, POLYNOMIAL, ROOT, VALUE, VECTOR.**
See EIGENVALUE.

**CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTION (1)** of a random variable. The first person to apply characteristic functions
was Laplace in 1810, though he already had a simple form in 1785. Cauchy was
probably the first to apply a name to the functions, using the term *fonction
auxiliaire.* In 1919 Richard von Mises used the term *komplexe Adjunkte* in his
"Grundlagen der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung,"
*Math. Zeit.* **5**, (1919) 52-99. See Hald (1998, chapter 17).

The term *characteristic function* was first used by Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) in
*Calcul des probabilités* (p. 206) in 1912.
He wrote "fonction caractéristique." Poincaré’s usage corresponds
with what is today called the moment generating function. This information is
taken from H. A. David, "First (?) Occurrence of Common Terms in Mathematical
Statistics," *The American Statistician,* May 1995, vol 49, no 2 121-133.

In 1922 P. Lévy used the term characteristic function in the title
"Sur la
determination des lois de probabilité par leurs
fonctions charactéristiques," *Comptes Rendus*, **172**,
(1922), 854-856.

*Characteristic function* appears in English in 1934 in S. Kullback, "An Application of
Characteristic Functions to the Distribution Problem of Statistics," *Annals
of Mathematical Statistics,* **5**, 263-307 (David, 1995).

See GENERATING FUNCTION and MOMENT GENERATING FUNCTION.

**CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTION (2)** of a set *A* with respect to a “superset” *U*
is widely used to designate the function
from *U* to {0, 1} that is 1 on *A* and 0 on its complement. The name
explains the common choice of the Greek letter χ (chi, which represents *kh* or *ch*)
for this function. With this meaning, the term “la fonction caractéristique”
was introduced by C. de la Vallé Poussin (1866-1962) in “Sur L'Integrale de
Lebesgue,” *Transactions of the American
Mathematical Society*, **16**, (1915), p. 440.

Probably to avoid confusion with the other meaning (especially in
probability theory, where both notions are useful), some prefer to
use the term "indicator function". Besides, it is interesting no note
that many logicians turn the usual order of things upside-down: for
them, "characteristic function" of a set *A* (of natural
numbers, 0 included) refers to the characteristic function of the
complement! In his *Foundations of mathematics* (1968), W. S.
Hatcher explains (p. 215):

In analysis, the characteristic function is usually 1 on the set and 0 off the set, but we generally reverse the procedure in number theory [[more precisely, in recursion theory]]. The reason stems from the minimalization rule and the fact that, when we treat characteristic functions in this way, a given problem often reduces to finding the zeros of some function. In analysis, we want the characteristic functions to be 1 on the set so that the measure of a set will be the integral of its characteristic function.What is worse, the "characteristic function" of

See also INDICATOR FUNCTION. [Hans Fischer, Brian Dawkins, Ken Pledger, Carlos César de Araújo]

The term **CHARACTERISTIC TRIANGLE** was used by Leibniz and
apparently coined by him, as *triangulum characteristicum.*

**CHEBYSHEV POLYONOMIALS.** These were introduced by
P. L. Chebyshev
in his "Sur l'interpolation dans le cas d'un grand nombre de donnees fournies
par les observations," (Russian original 1855, published in French in
*Liouville’s J. Math. Pures App*. **3**, (1858), 289-323. (Reprinted in
*Oeuvres
I, p. 387*)

**CHEBYSHEV’S INEQUALITY**. The inequality appeared in L. J. Bienaymé
Considérations à l'appui de la
découverte de Laplace ... *Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences,* **37**, (1853), 309-324. The paper was reprinted in
Crelle’s Journal in 1867 where it preceded
a paper translated from the Russian where the inequality is re-derived and used
to prove the weak law of large numbers: P. L Chebyshev’s "Des Valeurs Moyennes." See also
Oeuvres
p. 687. In the later literature Bienaymé’s contribution was
often overlooked, thus A. A. Markov refers to "die Ungleichheit
von Tschebyscheff." in
*Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung*
(1912, p. 56).

(Based on C. C. Heyde & E. Seneta *I. J. Bienaymé: Statistical
Theory Anticipated,* 1977)

**CHECKSUM** is found in 1940 in *Punched Card Methods in Scientific Computation*
by Wallace J. Eckert: "Check sums detect misplaced cards and errors of
transposition" [OED2].

**CHERNOFF BOUND.** The bound appears in
Herman Chernoff’s
“A Measure of Asymptotic Efficiency
for Tests of a Hypothesis Based on the sum of Observations,”
*Annals of Mathematical Statistics*, **23**, No. 4. (Dec., 1952), pp. 493-507.

Chernoff, however, credited the result to Herman Rubin, as he explained in a conversation in
*Statistical Science*, **11**, No. 4. (Nov., 1996), p. 340.
Project
Euclid

Rubin claimed that part of my derivation, giving the lower bounds, could be obtained much more easily. After working so hard, I doubted it very much. He showed me the Chebyshev type of proof that gives rise to what’s now called the Chernoff bound, but it is certainly Rubin’s. When I wrote up the technical report, I mentioned his assistance but when I submitted the paper for publication, I left it out because it was so trivial and it never occurred to me that this would be one of the things that would lead to my fame in electrical engineering circles. That inequality turned out to be a very important result as far as information theory is concerned, and so the lower bound has been called the Chernoff bound ever since. I am very unhappy about the fact that I did not properly credit Rubin at that time because I thought it was a rather trivial lemma, but many things are only trivial once you know them.

**CHILIAD** is found in English in 1598 in *Greene in conceipt new raised from his grave* by John Dickenson:
"With a chiliade of crosse Fortunes" [OED2].

In 1617 Brigs published *Logarithmorum Chilias prima* (Logarithms of Numbers from 1 to 1,000).

The term **CHINESE REMAINDER THEOREM** is found in 1929 in
*Introduction to the theory of numbers* by Leonard Eugene
Dickson [James A. Landau].

**CHI SQUARE.** Karl Pearson introduced the chi-square test and the name for it in “On the
Criterion that a Given System of Deviations from the Probable in the Case of a
Correlated System of Variables is such that it can be Reasonably Supposed to
have Arisen from Random Sampling,” *Philosophical
Magazine*, **50**, (1900),
157-175. Pearson had been in the habit of writing the exponent in the
multivariate normal density as -½χ^{2}; see e.g. equation (iii) on
p. 263 of
“Mathematical
Contributions to the Theory of Evolution. III.
Regression, Heredity and Panmixia” (1896). The idea of a *chi-square distribution* as one of a
family of distributions related to the normal was R. A. Fisher’s: see his
On a
Distribution Yielding the Error Functions of Several Well Known Statistics (1924). The English statisticians were not aware that the German geodesist F.
R. Helmert had effectively obtained the distribution in 1876 in his work on the
distribution of the sample variance. See the entry HELMERT TRANSFORMATION for the details. [James A. Landau, John Aldrich].

See DEGREES OF
FREEDOM, GOODNESS OF FIT, STUDENT’S *t*-DISTRIBUTION.

The names **CHOLESKY** algorithm, decomposition, factorisation, etc. commemorate the work of the French geodesist
André-Louis Cholesky.
Commandant Cholesky (b. 1875) was
killed in action on August 31st, 1918 and his method for solving the normal equations
of least squares was published by a colleague, Benoit, in 1924 (*Bulletin
geodesique*, 7 (1), 67-77). The method is based on the factorisation of a
positive definite matrix *A* = *L* *L*^{T} where
*L* is lower triangular with positive diagonal entries.
Although the factorisation is now associated with Cholesky, it was known to
Gauss and even to Lagrange who used it in his work on the second-order conditions
in multivariate calculus. Gauss, incidentally, not only devised least squares
methods for reducing geodetic observations but did field work as a surveyor.
The use of matrices for writing least squares algorithms became established
in the 1940s. An important contributor was Paul S. Dwyer with his
"A Matrix Presentation of Least Squares and Correlation
Theory with Matrix Justification of Improved Methods of Solution,"
*Annals of Mathematical Statistics*, **15**, (1944), 82-89. Dwyer proposed a square
root method and was surprised that it had not been proposed before. It was Cholesky’s
method and his name began to be associated with it in the English statistics
and numerical analysis literature from the early 1950s and with the underlying
matrix result some time later.

(The eulogy Benoit composed for Cholesky appears in an NA Digest post. This entry was contributed by John Aldrich.)

**CHORD** is found in English in 1551 in *The Pathwaie to
Knowledge* by Robert Recorde:

Defin.,If the line goe crosse the circle, and passe beside the centre, then is it called a corde, or a stryngline.

A *JSTOR* search finds the phrase *Church’s thesis* in December 1945
in S. C. Kleene, "On the Interpretation of Intuitionistic Number Theory,"
*The Journal of Symbolic Logic,* Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 109-124.

**CIPHER.** See ZERO.

**CIRCLE.** According to Todhunter’s translation of Euclid, Book 1
Def. 15 says "a circle is a plane figure bounded by one line, which
is called the circumference ..." However Proposition 1 assumes
circles consist of their circumferences: "From the point C, at which
the circles cut one another, draw the straight lines ..." Heath’s
translation has the same problems: Def 15 "A circle is a plane figure
contained by one line such that...", Prop 1 "... and from the point
C, in which the circles cut one another, to the points A, B let the
straight lines..." [John Harper].

*A Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary* (1796) has, "The
circumference or periphery itself is called the circle, though
improperly, as that name denotes the space contained within the
circumference."

Modern geometry texts define a circle as the set of points in a plane
equidistant from a given point; the term *disk* is used for the
circle and its interior.

**CIRCLE GRAPH** is found in 1919 in *School Statistics and Publicity*
by Carter Alexander:
"The data shown in this circle graph for Rockford may be presented in a bar graph which permits of
placing the figures so they can be added." [Google print search]

**CIRCLE OF CONVERGENCE** appears in the *Century Dictionary*
(1889-1897).

*Circle of convergence* appears in 1893 in *A Treatise on the
Theory of Functions* by James Harkness and Frank Morley in
the heading "The circle of convergence."

*Circle of convergence* also appears in 1898 in *Introduction
to the theory of analytic functions* by Harkness and Morley:
"Hence there is a frontier value *R* such that when |*x*|
> *R* there is divergence. That is, with the circle
(*R*) the series is absolutely convergent and without the circle
it is divergent. The circle (*R*) is called the *circle of
convergence.*

The term **CIRCULAR COORDINATES** was used by Cayley. Later
writers used the term "minimal coordinates" (DSB).

**CIRCULAR FUNCTION.** Lacroix used *fonctions circulaires*
in *Traité élémentaire de calcul
différentiel et de calcul intégral* (1797-1800).

*Circular function* appears in 1831 in the second edition of
*Elements of the Differential Calculus* (1836) by John Radford
Young: "Thus, *a ^{x}*,

**CIRCUMCENTER, CIRCUMCIRCLE, EXCENTER, EXCIRCLE, INCENTER, INCIRCLE, MIDCIRCLE** were proposed in 1883 by William Henry Hoar Hudson in letters to
*Nature* published in May 1883. A letter published on May 7, 1883, has: “I beg leave to suggest the following names:
*circumcircle, incircle, excircle,* and *midcircle* ... ”

On May 31, 1883, another letter
from Hudson has: “Continuing my suggestion in your number of May 3 (p. 7), I propose not only to call the circle circumscribing a triangle
the *circumcircle,* but also to call its centre the *circumcentre,* and in the same way to speak of the *incentre,* the three excentres
(namely, the *a*-excentre,
the *b*-excentre, and the *c*-excentre), and the *midcentre.*
The line joining the circumcentre to the orthocentre, on which the masscentre and the midcentre lie, may be appropriately called the *central line* of the triangle.
Similar abbreviations would apply to the radii of these circles; they might be spoken of as the *circumradius,*
the *inradius,* the a-*exradius,* the b-*exradius,* the c *extradius,* and the *midradius.*”

[James A. Landau]

**CIRCUMFERENCE.** *Periphereia* was used by Heraclitus: "The
beginning and end join on the circumference of the circle (kuklou
periphereias)" (D. V. 12 B 103) (Michael Fried).

*Periphereia* was also used by Euclid.

*Circumferentia* is a Latin translation of the earlier Greek
term *periphereia.*

A Google print search finds *circumference* in a facsimile of what seems to be
a 1586 English translation of *L’Académie françoise* from 1577.
However, the title page is not included in this facsimile: “nature hath limited certaine bounds of wealth, which
are traced out vpon a certaine Center, and vpon the circumference of their necessitie.”

A Google print search also finds *circumference* in *The Arte of English Poesie,* the title
page of which seems to say that this is an 1869 reprint of a 1589 book: “The circle is his largest
compasse or circumference: the center is his middle and indiuisible point: the beame is a line stretching
directly from the circle to the center, and contrariwise from the center to the circle.
By this description our maker may fashion his meetre in Roundel, either with the circumference,
and that is circlewise, or from the circumference, that is, like a beame, or by the circumference, and that is
ouerthwart and dyametrally from one side of the circle to the other.” [James A. Landau]

*Circumference* is found in modern translations of the Bible, in
2 Chronicles 4:2, Jeremiah 52:21, and Ezekiel 48:35. However, the
word does not appear in the King James version.

**CIRCUMSCRIBE** is found in English in 1570 in Billingsley’s translation of
Euclid: "How a triangle ... may be circumscribed about a circle" (OED2).

*Circumscribed polygon* is found in 1714 in *Theorems Selected out of Archimedes* by Andrew Tacquet:
“But Polygons circumscrib’d infinitely about the Circle end in the Circle, (by the 3d of this Book);
and in like manner Triangles (as I will shew by and by) which have for their Base the Circuit of the circumscribed Polygon.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CISSOID.** This term is mentioned by Geminus (c. 130 BC - c. 70
BC), according to Proclus, although the original work of Geminus does
not survive.

*Cissoid* appears in Proclus (in *Euclid,* p.111, 152,
177...). It is not completely clear what curve Proclus was calling
the cissoid (see W. Knorr, *The Ancient Tradition in Geometric
Problems,* New York: Dover Publications, Inc., pp.246ff for a
detailed discussion).

*Mathematics Dictionary* (1949) by James says "the cissoid was
first studied by Diocles about 200 B. C., who gave it the name
'Cissoid' (meaning *ivy*)"; however, according to Michael Fried,
Diocles himself does not call his curve a cissoid.

In the 17th century, *cissoid* became associated with a curve
described by Diocles in his work, *On Burning Mirrors.*

*Cissoid* is found in English in 1656 in a translation of
*Elements of philosophy the first section...* by T. Hobbes:
“When they cannot exhibit the quantity sought for with the helpe of a conique Section, they call it a Lineary Probleme... Of this kinde
are the Spiral lines, the Quadratices, the Concheoides, and the Cissoeides.” [OED]

**CLAIRAUT EQUATION** is the name given to a differential equation studied by
Alexis
Clairaut in his “Solution de plusieurs Problemes où il s'agit de trouver des
Courbes dont la propriété consiste dans une certaine relation entre leurs
branches, exprimée par une Équation donnée,”
*Histoire Acad. R. Sci. Paris* (1734) (1736)
pp. 196–215. See Klein (ch. 21 “Ordinary Differential Equations in the Eighteenth Century”) and the entry in
the *Enyclopedia of Mathematics*.

In English, *Clairault’s theorem* is found in 1810 in *Encyclopaedia Londinensis; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature,*
Volume II:
“The fifth column shews the value of 2 corresponding to every value of P—11, according to Clairault’s theorem.”
[“P—11” and “2” are column headings in the immediately following table. Google
print search, James A. Landau]

**CLAIRAUT’S THEOREM, SCHWARZ’ THEOREM** and **YOUNG’S THEOREM** on the equality
of mixed partial derivatives. The history of this topic, spanning two
centuries, is recounted by T. J. Higgins “A Note on the History of Mixed
Partial Derivatives,” *Scripta Mathematica*,
7, (1940), 59-62; reproduced
here.
Other mathematicians were involved but
Alexis Clairaut
was the first to try to establish
the equality of the second mixed partials in his “Sur l'integration ou
la construction des equations différentielles du premier ordre,”
*Memoires de l'Académie Royale des Sciences*, **2**, (1740), 420-421.
H. A. Schwarz produced the first acceptable
proof in his “Communication,” *Archives des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles*, **48**, (1873), 38-44 and
W. H. Young provided a weaker set of conditions in his
“On the Conditions for the Reversibility of the Order of Partial Differentiation,”
*Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh*, **29**, (1908-09), 136-164. It is not unusual for the
names of several people to be attached to the same theorem; see the entry on EPONYMY. [John Aldrich]

The term **CLASS** (of a curve) is due to Joseph-Diez Gergonne
(1771-1859). He used "curve of class *m*" for the polar
reciprocal of a curve of order *m* in *Annales* 18
(1827-30) (Smith vol. I and DSB).

**CLASS** (in set theory). In the early English literature the word *class* was used where *set*
would be used today, e.g. in Bertrand Russell’s *Principles of Mathematics* (1903).
Russell was following Peano. *Classe* appears in his “Dizionario di Matematica,” *Revue
de mathématiques*, **7**, (1900-1), 160-172 and is described as "idea primitiva."
In the von Neumann set theory classes and sets are distinguished, so that every set is a class, but not
conversely. The von Neumann publications begin with "Eine Axiomatisiereung der
Mengenlehre" (1925) (translated in van Heijenoort (1967)) with later work in English by
Bernays and Gödel. Bernays writes: "According to the leading idea of the von Neumann
set theory we have to deal with two kinds of individuals, which we may distinguish as *sets*
and *classes*." from "A System of Axiomatic Set Theory," **2**, (1937) p. 66. [John Aldrich]

See SET.

**CLASS FIELD.** The modern concept of a class field is due
to Teiji Takagi.

Leopold Kronecker (1823-1891) used the terminology "species
associated with a field **k**."

*Class field* was introduced by Heinrich Weber (1842-1913) in
*Elliptische Funktionen und algebraische Zahlen* in 1891. He
originally only used the term for the Kronecker class field, but in
1896 enlarged the concept of a class field to fields **K**
associated with a congruence class group in **k**, but only in the
second edition of his *Lehrbuch der Algebra* was the term
*class field* used to designate a general class field.
(Günther Frei in "Heinrich Weber and the Emergence of Class
Field Theory")

The terms **CLASSICAL GROUP** and **CLASSICAL INVARIANT
THEORY** were coined by Hermann Weyl (1885-1955) and appear in
*The classical groups, their invariants and representations*
(1939).

**CLASSICAL PROBABILITY.** This term for probability as defined by Laplace and earlier writers
including De Moivre came into use in the 1930s when alternative definitions
were widely canvassed. J. V. Uspensky (*Introduction to Mathematical Probability,*
1937, p. 8) gave the "classical definition," which he favored, and
criticized the "new definitions" (von Mises) and "the attempt
to build up the theory of probability as an axiomatic science" (Kolmogorov)
[John Aldrich].

See PROBABILITY.

**CLASSICAL** statistical inference. The polar pair "classical"
and "Bayesian" have figured in discussions of the foundations of statistical
inference since the 1960s. The body of work to which "classical" was attached
went back only to the 1920s and -30s but, as Schlaifer wrote in 1959
(*Probability and Statistics for Business Decisions,* p. 607), "it is expounded
in virtually every course on statistics [in the United States] and is adhered to by
the great majority of practicing statisticians." Schlaifer and a few others were
sponsoring a rejuvenated Bayesian alternative. The "classical" tag may have derived
some authority from Neyman’s "Outline of a Theory of Statistical Estimation based
on the Classical Theory of Probability" (*Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society,*
**236,** (1937), 333-380), one of the classics of classical statistics. The non-classical
possibility Neyman had in mind and rejected was the Bayesian theory of Jeffreys. Confusingly
Neyman’s "classical theory of probability" has more to do with Kolmogorov and von Mises than
with Laplace [John Aldrich].

See BAYES.

**CLELIA** was coined by Guido Grandi (1671-1742). He named
the curve after Countess Clelia Borromeo (DSB).

**CLOSED (elements produced by an operation are in the set).**
*Closed cycle* appears in Eliakim Hastings Moore, "A Definition
of Abstract Groups," *Transactions of the American Mathematical
Society,* Vol. 3, No. 4. (Oct., 1902): "For in any finite set of
elements with multiplication-table satisfying (1, 2) there exists a
closed cycle of (one or more) elements, each of which is the square
of the preceding element in the cycle...."

The phrase "closed under multiplication" appears in Saul Epsteen, J.
H. Maclagan-Wedderburn, "On the Structure of Hypercomplex Number
Systems," *Transactions of the American Mathematical Society,*
Vol. 6, No. 2. (Apr., 1905).

**CLOSED CURVE.** In 1551 in *Pathway to Knowledge* Robert
Recorde wrote, "Defin., Lynes make diuerse figures also, though
properly thei maie not be called figures, as I said before (vnles the
lines do close)" (OED2).

*Closed curve* is found in 1855 in
*An elementary treatise on
mechanics, embracing the theory of statics and dynamics, and
its application to solids and fluids*
by Augustus W. Smith:
"Since the above principle is true, whatever be the number of sides
of the polygon, it is true when the number becomes indefinitely
great, or when the base becomes a continued closed curve, as a circle,
an ellipse, &c.; or, the center of gravity of a cone, right or
oblique, and on any base, is one fourth the distance from the
center of gravity of the base to the vertex" [University of Michigan
Digital Library].

**CLOSED SET.** Georg Cantor (1845-1918) in "De la puissance des
ensembles parfaits de points," *Acta Mathematica* IV, March 4,
1884, introduced (in French) the concept and the term "ensemble
fermé [Udai Venedem].

*Closed* is found in English in 1902 in *Proc. Lond. Math.
Soc.* XXXIV: "Every example of such a set [of points] is
theoretically obtainable in this way. For..it cannot be closed, as
it would then be perfect and nowhere dense" (OED2).

**CLUSTER ANALYSIS** is found in 1939 in *Cluster Analysis*
by R. C. Tryon [James A. Landau].

**CLUSTER SAMPLING.** A *JSTOR* search found
this term in use in Morris H. Hansen and William N. Hurwitz “Relative Efficiencies of Various Sampling
Units in Population Inquiries,” *Journal of
the American Statistical Association*, **37**, (1942), 89-94.

**COCHLEOID** (or COCHLIOID). In 1685 John Wallis referred to this
curve as the *cochlea*:

... theSome sources incorrectly attribute the term to Benthan and Falkenburg in 1884. While studying the processes of a mechanism of construction for steam engines, C. Falkenburg, Mechanical Engineer of theCochlea,or Spiral about a Cylinder, arising from a Circular motion about an Ax, together with a Rectilinear (in the Surface of the Cylinder) Perpendicular to the Plain of such Circle, (or, if the Cylinder be Scalene at such Angles with the Plain of the Circle, as is the Axis of that Cylinder) both motions being uniform, but not in the same Plain.

Er hat sie daher dieThe reference for this citation isCochleoïdegenannt, von *cochlea* = Schneckenhaus. [Therefore, it was christened theCochleoid,from *cochlea* = snail’s house.]

**COCHRAN’S THEOREM** on quadratic forms in normal variables.
William G. Cochran published the
theorem in his “The Distribution of Quadratic Forms in a Normal System, with Applications
to the Analysis of Covariance,” *Proceedings
of the Cambridge Philosophical Society,* **30,** (1934), 178-191. The paper is also noteworthy for its use
of some concepts of matrix theory; in 1934 the application of matrix theory to
mathematical statistics was in its infancy. A *JSTOR* search found the expression
“Cochran’s theorem” in W. G. Madow “Contributions
to the Theory of Multivariate Statistical Analysis,” *Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*,
**44**, (1938), p. 458.

See the entries COVARIANCE and CHI-SQUARE; see also the remarks on matrix notation in Earliest Uses of Symbols in Probability and Statistics.

**COEFFICIENT.** Cajori (1919, page 139) writes, "Vieta used the
term 'coefficient' but it was little used before the close of the
seventeenth century." Cajori provides a footnote reference:
*Encyclopédie des sciences mathématiques,* Tome I,
Vol. 2, 1907, p. 2. According to Smith (vol. 2, page 393), Vieta
coined the term.

The term **COEFFICIENT OF VARIATION** appears in 1896 in Karl Pearson,
"Mathematical Contributions to the Theory of Evolution. III. Regression,
Heredity and Panmixia," *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal
Society of London, Ser. A.* 187, 253-318: "we may take as a measure of variation
the ratio of standard deviation to mean, or what is more convenient, this quantity
multiplied by 100. We shall, accordingly, define ...the coefficient of variation
..." (p. 277) (David, 1995). The term is due to Pearson (Cajori 1919, page 382).
According to the DSB, he introduced the term in this paper.

**CO-FACTOR** is found in 1849 in *Trigonometry and Double Algebra* by Augustus De Morgan:
"When an expression consists of terms, let them be called *co-terms*;
when of factors, *co-factors* [University of Michigan Historic Math Collection].

**COHERENT** in subjective probability theory. The term is derived from the "cohérence" of B. de Finetti’s
"La
prévision: ses lois logiques, ses sources subjectives,"
*Annales de l'Institute Henri Poincaré*, **7**, (1937) 1-68. The English term is
found in the mid 1950s, most conspicuously in Abner Shimony
"Coherence and the Axioms of Confirmation,"* Journal of Symbolic Logic*, **20**, (1955), 1-28.

The term "consistency" was used in F. P. Ramsey’s treatment of
subjective probability, "Truth and Probability" (1926) (published in
*The Foundations of Mathematics and other Logical Essays*
(1931)): the calculus of probabilities can be "interpreted as a consistent
calculus of partial belief."

(Based on a note to the translation of de Finetti (1937) in
H. E. Kyburg Jr. & H. E. Smokler (eds) *Studies in Subjective Probability*
(1964))

**COLLECTIVE** (Kollektiv) was the basic concept in the probability theory of Richard von Mises (1883-1953).
It first appears in his "Grundlagen der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung,"
*Math.
Zeit.* **5**, (1919), 52-99.
Some writers in English used *Kollektiv*, e.g. J. B. S. Haldane (1932)
A Note on Inverse Probability, *Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical
Society*, **28**, 55-61 but *collective* is used in *Probability,
Statistics and Truth* (1939), the English translation of von Mises’s *Wahrscheinlichkeit
Statistik und Wahrheit* (1928).

The word **COMBINANT** was coined by James Joseph Sylvester (DSB).

The word appears in a paper by Sylvester in 1853 in *Camb. & Dublin
Math. Jrnl.* VIII. 257: "What I term a combinant" (OED2).

**COMBINATION** was used in its present sense by both Pascal and
Wallis, according to Smith (vol. 2, page 528).

In a letter to Fermat dated July 29, 1654, Pascal wrote a sentence which is translated from French:

If from any number of letters, as 8 for example, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, you take all the possible combinations of 4 letters and then all possible combinations of 5 letters, and then of 6, and then of 7, of 8, etc., and thus you would take all possible combinations, I say that if you add together half the combinations of 4 with each of the higher combinations, the sum will be the number equal to the number of the quaternary progression beginning with 2 which is half of the entire number.This translation was taken from

*Combinations* is found in English in 1673 in the title
*Treatise of Algebra...of the Cono-Cuneus, Angular Sections, Angles
of Contact, Combinations, Alternations, etc.* by John Wallis
(OED2).

Leibniz used *complexiones* for the general term, reserving
*combinationes* for groups of three.

Eberhard Knobloch writes in "The Mathematical Studies of G. W.
Leibniz on Combinatorics," *Historia Mathematica* 1 (1974):

Leibniz’s terminology for partitions, just as for symmetric functions, is not consistent. In hisArs Combinatoriahe speaks of "discerptiones, Zerfällungen" as mentioned above, and defines them as special cases of "complexiones" (combinations). The Latin term "discerptio" he uses most, and it appears in numerous manuscripts up to his death. When he wants to refer to specific partitions into 1, 2, 3, 4 ... summands, he writes "uniscerptiones, biscerptiones, triscerptiones, quadriscerptiones..." and sometimes also "1scerptiones, 2scerptiones..." evidently following his former usage for combinations of certain sizes in theArs Combinatoria.I have found only two places where Leibniz applies the general term "discerptio" to the special partition into two summands.

*Combinatorial analysis* is found in English in 1818 in the
title *Essays on the Combinatorial Analysis* by P. Nicholson
(OED2).

In the twentieth century Kombinatorik became anglicised as **Combinatorics**
(cf. Statistik to Statistics). An early use of the term *combinatorics* is by F. W. Levi in an
essay entitled "On a method of finite combinatorics which applies to
the theory of infinite groups," published in the *Bulletin of the
Calcutta Mathematical Society,* vol. 32, pp. 65-68, 1940 [Julio
González Cabillón].

For the symbols used in combinatoriics see SYMBOLS IN COMBINATORIAL ANALYSIS on the Symbols in Probability and Statistics page.

**COMMENSURABLE** is found in English in 1557 in *The Whetstone
of Witte* by Robert Recorde (OED2).

**COMMON DIFFERENCE** is found in 1658 in *Trigonometria Britanica: Or, the Doctrine of Triangles*
by John Newton: “Seek the Logarithme of the five first figures by the preceeding Probleme, and the logarithme
of the common difference in the last columne of the page, and say.
As the Logarithme of 10 1.00000. Is to the logarithme difference. So is the logarithme of the last figure in the number
propounded, to the logarithme of the part proportionall.” [Google print search, James A. Landau]

**COMMON FRACTION.** Thomas Digges (1572) spoke of "the vulgare or
common Fractions" (Smith vol. 2, page 219).

**COMMON LOGARITHM** appears in 1742 in *Tables of Logarithms
For all numbers from 1 to 102100* by William Gardiner:
“The common Logarithm of a number is the Index of that power of 10, which is equal to the number.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

*Common system of logarithms* appears in the 1828 *Webster*
dictionary, in the definition of *radix*: "Thus in Briggs', or
the common system of logarithms, the radix is 10; in Napier’s, it is
2.7182818284."

**COMMON RATIO** is found in 1694 in *Pleasure with Profit: Consisting of Recreations of Divers Kinds*
by William Leybourn: “Let the three Numbers be (2, 6, 18.)
And let the common Ratio be (3.)
The first Term is (2.)
The second Term is 2 into 3 (viz. 6.)
The third Term is 2 into the Square of 3 (viz. 9.) equal to 18.
And from hence it is evident, That the first Term drawn into the third (viz. 2
into 18,) is equal to 2 into 2 (viz. 4,) and that into the Square of 3 the common Ratio (viz. 9).”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**COMMUTATIVE** and **DISTRIBUTIVE** were used (in French) by
François Joseph Servois (1768-1847) in a memoir published in
*Annales de Gergonne* (volume V, no. IV, October 1, 1814). He
introduced the terms as follows (pp. 98-99):

3. Soit

f(x+y+ ...) =fx+fy+ ...Les fonctions qui, comme

f,sont telles que la fonction de lasomme(algébrique) d'un nombre quelconque de quantites est égale a la somme des fonctions pareilles de chacune de ces quantités, seront appeléesdistributives.Ainsi, parce que

a(x+y+ ...) =ax+ay+ ...;E(x+y+ ...) =Ex+Ey+ ...; ...le facteur 'a', l'état varié

E,... sont des fonctions distributives; mais, comme on n'a pasSin.(

x+y+ ...) = Sin.x+ Sin.y+ ...;L(x+y+ ...) =Lx+Ly+ ...;...les sinus, les logarithmes naturels, ... ne sont point des fonctions distributives.

4. Soit

fgz=gfz.Les fonctions qui, comme

fetg,sont telles qu'elles donnent des résultats identiques, quel que soit l'ordre dans lequel on les applique au sujet, seront appeléescommutatives entre elles.Ainsi, parce que qu'on a

abz=baz;aEz=Eaz; ...les facteurs constans 'a', 'b', le facteur constant 'a' et l'état varié

E,sont des fonctions commutatives entre elles; mais comme, 'a' etant toujours constant et 'x' variable, on n'a pasSin.

az=aSin.z;Exz=xEz; Dxz=xDz[D = delta]; ...il s'ensuit que le sinus avec le facteur constant, l'état varié ou la difference avec le facteur variable, ... n'appartiennent point a la classe des fonctions commutatives entre elles.

(These citations were provided by Julio González Cabillón).

*Commutative law* is found in English 1841 in *Examples of the processes of the differential and integral calculus* by D. F. Gregory:
“The first of these laws is called the *commutative law,* and symbols which are subject to it are called commutative symbols.” [Xavier Gracia]

In 1854, Cayley used *convertible*: "...these symbols are not in general convertible. but are associative."

**COMPACT** was introduced by Maurice René Fréchet
(1878-1973) in 1906, in *Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di
Palermo* vol. 22 p. 6. He wrote:

Nous dirons qu'un ensemble estcompactlorsqu'il ne comprend qu'un nombre fini d'éléments ou lorsque toute infinité de ses éléments donne lieu à au moins un élément limite.

This citation was provided by Mark Dunn.

In his 1906 thesis, Fréchet wrote:

A set E is calledAt the end of his life, Fréchet did not remember why he chose the term:compactif, when {E^{n}} is a sequence of nomempty, closed subsets of E such that E^{n+1}is a subset of E^{n}for each n, there is at least one element that belongs to all of the E^{n}’s.

... jai voulu sans doute éviter qu'on puisse appeler compact un noyau solide dense qui n'est agrémenté que d'un fil allant jusqu'à l'infini. C'est une supposition car j'ai complétement oubliè les raisons de mon choix!" [Doubtless I wanted to avoid a solid dense core with a single thread going off to infinity being called compact. This is a hypothesis because I have completely forgotten the reasons for my choice!] (Pier, p. 440)Some mathematicians did not like the term "compact." Schönflies suggested that what Fréchet called compact be called something like "lückenlos" (without gaps) or "abschliessbar" (closable) (Taylor, p. 266).

Fréchet’s "compact" is the modern "relatively sequentially compact," and his "extremal" is today’s "sequentially compact" (Kline, page 1078).

*Compact* is found in Paul Alexandroff and Paul Urysohn,
"Mémoire sur les espaces topologiques compacts,"
*Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Vetenschappen te Amsterdam,
Proceedings of the section of mathematical sciences)* 14 (1929).

The term **COMPANION MATRIX** was apparently coined in English by C. C. MacDuffee in *The Theory of Matrices* (Springer, 1933,
reprinted by Chelsea):

A. Loewy [footnote reference] calledThe footnote reference is Loewy, A.: S.-B. Heidelberg. Akad. Wiss. Vol. 5 (1918) p.3 - Math. Z. Vol. 7 (1920) pp. 58-125. [Ken Pledger]B(or its negative) a "Begleitmatrix". We shall take the liberty of calling it the companion matrix of the equationf(λ) = 0.

**COMPLEMENT** (of a set). The OED’s
illustrations of non-mathematical uses of *complement* in the sense of
"something which, when added, completes or makes up a whole" go back to 1827.
A *JSTOR* search found the phrases "set complementary to" and "complement"
in 1914 in E. W. Chittenden "Relatively Uniform Convergence of Sequences of
Functions," *Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*, **15**, 197-201.

**COMPLEMENTARY FUNCTION** is found in 1841 in D. F. Gregory,
*Examples of Processes of Differential and Integral Calculus*:
"As operating factors of the form (*d*/*dx*)^{2} +
*n*^{2} very frequently occur in differential equations,
it is convenient to keep in mind that the complementary function due
to it is of the form *C* cos *nx* + *C'* sin *nx*
(OED2).

The term **COMPLETE** for a space in which all Cauchy
convergent sequences are convergent came into general use in the 1920s. Thus
the term was not used by Banach in his 1922 paper
"Sur les opérations dans les ensembles abstraits et leur
application aux équations integrales," but it appears without comment in his
*Théorie des Operations Linéaires* (1932,
Introduction, p. 9).

See BANACH SPACE and CAUCHY CONVERGENCE.

**COMPLETE INDUCTION** (vollständige Induktion) was the term
employed by Dedekind in his *Was sind und Was sollen die
Zahlen*? (1887) for what is nowadays called "mathematical
induction", and whose "scientific basis"
("wissenschaftliche grundlage") he claimed to have
established with his "Theorem of complete induction"
(§59). Dedekind also used occasionally the phrase
"inference from *n* to *n* + 1", but nowhere in
his booklet did he try to justify the adjective "complete".

In *Concerning the axiom of infinity and mathematical induction*
(Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 1903, pp. 424-434) C. J. Keyser referred to
"complete induction" as

a form of procedure unknown to the Aristotelian system, for this latter allows apodictic certainty in case of deduction only, while it is just characteristic of complete induction that it yields such certainty by the reverse process, a movement from the particular to the general, from the finite to the infinite.Florian Cajori ("Origin of the name "mathematical induction,"

[the] term "complete induction" used in most continental languages (...) [stress] the contrast with induction inThis entry was contributed by Carlos César de Araújo. See also MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION.natural sciencewhich is incomplete by its very nature, being based on a finite and even relatively small number of experiments.

**COMPLETE SOLUTION.** The term *complete solution* or
*complete integral* is due to Lagrange (Kline, page 532).

The term **COMPLETENESS** was used by Dedekind in 1872, both to
describe the closure of a number field under arithmetical operations
and as a synonym for "continuity" (Burn 1992).

**COMPLETING THE SQUARE.** In 1717 in *A Treatise of Algebra In Two Books*
by Philip Ronayne has “Compleating the Square,” “Compleat the Square,”
and “Compleating □.” [Google print search, James A. Landau]

The use of the name **COMPLEX ANALYSIS** to refer to a subject, course or book is fairly new given the long history of
the topics it treats. The 1953 textbook *Complex
Analysis* by L. V. Ahlfors appears to have popularised the name.
Older names included *the theory of function
of a complex variable* and *theory
of functions* after the German *Funktionentheorie*.
The subject was developed in the 19^{th} century by French and German
mathematicians (Cauchy, Riemann and Weierstrass). English textbooks appeared at
the end of the century, notably Harkness & Morley’s
*A Treatise
on the Theory of Functions* and Forsyth’s
*Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable*.

The phrase *theory of functions of a complex variable* appears in German in 1851 as the title of
Riemann’s inagural disseration (doctoral disseratation) at Gottingen: “Grundlagen für eine
allgemeine Theorie der Functionen einer complexen Veränderlichen Grösse.”

John Aldrich and James A. Landau contributed to this entry. See the entries ANALYSIS and REAL ANALYSIS. Complex analysis terms appear in the analysis list here.

**COMPLEX FRACTION** is found in English in
1823 in *Guy’s Tutor’s assistant, or, Complete school arithmetic*
by Joseph Guy: "A complex fraction has a fraction, or a mixed number, for its numerator or
denominator, or both, as ...." [Google print search]

**COMPLEX NUMBER.** Most of the 17th and 18th century writers
spoke of *a* + *bi* as an imaginary quantity. Carl
Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) saw the desirability of having different
names for *ai* and *a* + *bi*, so he gave to the
latter the Latin expression *numeros integros complexos.* Gauss
wrote:

...quando campus arithmeticae ad quantitatesThe citation above is from Gauss’s paper "Theoria Residuorum Biquadraticorum, Commentatio secunda," Societati Regiae Tradita, Apr. 15, 1831, published for the first time inimaginariasextenditur, ita ut absque restrictione ipsius obiectum constituant numeri formaea+bi,denotantibusipro more quantitatem imaginariam , atquea, bindefinite omnes numeros reales integros inter - et +. Tales numeros vocabimus numeros integros complexos, ita quidem, ut reales complexis non opponantur, sed tamquam species sub his contineri censeatur.

The term *complex number* was used in English in 1856 by William
Rowan Hamilton. The OED2 provides this citation: *Notebook* in
Halberstam & Ingram *Math. Papers Sir W. R. Hamilton* (1967)
III. 657: "*a* + *ib* is said to be a complex number, when
*a* and *b* are integers, and *i* = [sqrt] -1; its
norm is *a*^{2} + *b*^{2}; and therefore
the norm of a product is equal to the product of the norms of its
factors."

**COMPOSITE FUNCTION.** See the entry CHAIN RULE.

**COMPOSITE NUMBER (early meaning).** According to Smith (vol. 2,
page 14), "The term 'composite,' originally referring to a number
like 17, 56, or 237, ceased to be recognized by arithmeticians in
this sense because Euclid had used it to mean a nonprime number.
This double meaning of the word led to the use of such terms as
'mixed' and 'compound' to signify numbers like 16 and 345." Smith
differentiates between "composites" and "articles," which are
multiples of 10.

**COMPOSITE NUMBER (nonprime number).** The OED2 shows *numerus
compositus* Isidore III. v. 7.

Napier used the term *numeri compositi.*

In 1723
*Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences,* 2nd edition,
has:

INCOMPOSITENumbers,are the same with thoseEuclidcallsPrime Numbers.... See also inTableXXV. you see that 49031, 49033, and 49037 are all Prime or Incomposite Numbers: But 49039 is a Composite, and 19 is itsleast Divisor.

**COMPUTER.** Although *computing*
is associated with *calculation*, the roots of the words are quite distinct.
(See CALCULUS.) *Computing* has the same Latin root as *account* for both
have to do with reckoning. The *OED*‘s earliest quotation for *compute*
is from 1631.

The *OED* has a quotation from 1641 illustrating *computer*
in the sense of a *person* who does calculations and one from 1897 illustrating
*computer* in the sense of a *machine* which does calculations.

Since the 1940s these usages have been increasingly displaced
and *computer* has come to refer to what was then a new kind of computing
machine. The "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer"
(ENIAC) was such a machine, although the use
of "computer" in its name was not at all innovative. Charles Babbage called
the machine he conceived in 1837--one of the ancestors of the modern computer--"the analytical engine."

The term **COMPUTER INTENSIVE** appears to have entered
circulation in the early 1970s. By the end of the decade it was becoming
attached to a collection of statistical techniques, including the BOOTSTRAP
and CROSS-VALIDATION. A *JSTOR* search found the term used in this way in Bradley Efron
“Computers and the Theory of Statistics: Thinking the Unthinkable,”
*SIAM Review,* **21**, (1979), 460-480.

**CONCAVE** appears in English in 1571 in *A Geometricall
Practise named Pantometria* by Thomas Digges (1546?-1595) (OED2).

**CONCAVE POLYGON.** Fibonacci referred to such a polygon as a
*figura barbata* in *Practica geomitrae.*

*Re-entering polygon* is found in 1851 in
*Problems in illustration of the principles of plane coordinate geometry*
by William Walton [University of Michigan Historic Math Collection].
Another term is *re-entrant polygon.*

*Concave polygon* is found in 1848 in *Elements of Plane Geometry, Theoretical and Practical,* 3rd edition,
by Thomas Duncan: “In a concave polygon, that is, any polygon not convex, the sum of the salient angles together
with the defect of each re-entering angle from four right angles, is equal to twice as many right angles as
the polygon has sides, wanting four right angles. ...
In a convex polygon, the sum of the exterior angles made by producing the sides, is equal to four right angles.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CONCHOID** (also known as CONCHLOID). Nicomedes (fl. ca. 250 BC)
called various curves the first, second, third, and fourth conchoids
(DSB). Pappus says that the conchoids were explored by Nicomedes in
his work *On Conchoid Lines* [Michael Fried].

*Conchoid* is found in English in 1798 in *Anti-Jacobin* 16 Apr. 181/1: “Ye Conchoids extend.” [OED]

**CONCOMITANT VARIABLE** in Statistics. See COVARIATE.

**CONDITION** of a matrix. "The expression ‘ill-conditioned’ is sometimes used merely as a term of abuse
applicable to matrices or equations but it seems most often to carry a meaning
somewhat similar to that defined below" wrote A. M.
Turing in "Rounding-off Errors in Matrix Processes," *Quarterly
Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics*, **1**, (1948), p. 297. Evidently the term
**ill-conditioned** was already well
established and one of the objects of Turing’s paper was to define measures of
ill-conditioning which he called **condition numbers**. The paper comes from a
time when there was great interest in the numerical solution of linear
equations and in expressing the process in terms of matrices but the phenomenon
of ill-conditioning must have been familiar since the time of Gauss at least.
See GAUSSIAN ELIMINATION.

**CONDITIONALLY CONVERGENT SERIES.** *Semi-convergent
series* appears in 1872 in J. W. L. Glaisher, "On semi-convergent
series," *Quart. J.*

*Conditionally convergent series* appears in 1890 in *The Number-System of Algebra: Treated Theoretically and Historically*
by Henry B. Fine. Page 55 has “It is important to distinguish between convergent series which remain convergent
when all the terms are given the same algebraic signs and [page 56] convergent series which become divergent on
this change of signs. Series of the first class are said to be absolutely convergent; those of the second class, only conditionally convergent.”
Page 57 has “the terms of a conditionally convergent series can be so arranged that the sum of the series may take any real
value whatsoever. In a conditionally convergent series the positive and the negative terms each constitute a divergent
series having 0 for the limit of its last term.” [Google print search, James A. Landau]

*Conditionally convergent series* and *semi-convergent
series* appear in 1893 in *A Treatise on the Theory of
Functions* by James Harkness and Frank Morley: "A series which
converges, but does not converge absolutely, is called
*semi-convergent.* ... A convergent series which is subject to
the commutative law is said to be *unconditionally* convergent;
otherwise it is said to be *conditionally* convergent. ...
Semi-convergence implies conditional convergence."

**CONDITIONAL PROBABILITY** Conditional
probabilities had been ‘in’ probability since the late 18^{th} century
but there was no standard term meaning *conditional probability* before
the 20^{th}. Bayes (1763)
An Essay towards
solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances used the expression
"the probability of the second [event]
on supposition the 1^{st} happens." For a typical 19^{th}
century presentation see the entry POSTERIOR PROBABILITY.

The expression "conditional probability" appears in 1937 in
the very technical setting of J. L. Doob’s "Stochastic
Processes Depending on a Continuous Parameter," *Transactions of the American
Mathematical Society*, **42**, (1937) and in the
more elementary discussion of J. V. Uspensky’s *Introduction to Mathematical
Probability*:

LetA. N. Kolmogorov used the term "die bedingte Wahrscheinlichkeit" in hisAandBbe two events whose probabilities are (A) and (B). It is understood that the probability (A) is determined without any regard toBwhen nothing is known about the occurrence or nonoccurrence ofB.When itisknown thatBoccurred,Amay have a different probability, which we shall denote by the symbol (A, B) and call 'conditional probability ofA,given thatBhas actually happened.' (page 31)

This entry was contributed by John Aldrich. A citation was provided by James A. Landau. See also SYMBOLS IN PROBABILITY on the Symbols in Probability and Statistics page.

**CONE** is defined in Euclid’s
*Elements*,
XI, def.18,
and it appears in a mathematical context in the presocratic atomist
Democritus of Abdera, who wrote:

If a cut were made through a cone parallel to its base, how should we conceive of the two opposing surfaces which the cut has produced -- as equal or as unequal? If they are unequal, that would imply that a cone is composed of many breaks and protrusions like steps. On the other hand if they are equal, that would imply that two adjacent intersection planes are equal, which would mean that the cone, being made up of equal rather than unequal circles, must have the same appearance as a cylinder; which is utterly absurd (D. V. 55 B 155, translation by Philip Wheelwright inThe OED shows a use ofThe Presocratics,Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1960, p.183).

[This entry was contributed by Michael Fried.]

**CONFIDENCE INTERVAL.** Interval statements about parameters go back a very long way and
have taken several distinct forms. Hald (1998, pp. 23-4) finds a
BAYESIAN analysis in Laplace’s "Mémoire
sur la Probabilité des Causes par les événements," *Savants étranges,* **6**, (1774), p. 621-656.
*Oeuvres*
**8**, pp. 27-65 (English translation
and commentary by S. M. Stigler in *Statistical Science*, **1**, (1986),
359-378) and a non-Bayesian analysis in Lagrange’s "Mémoire
sur l'Utilité de la Méthode de Prendre le Milieu entre les Résultats de Plusieurs
Observations," *Misc. Taurinensia*, **5**, (1776), pp. 167-232.
Oeuvres 2, pp. 173-234.
Both were concerned with the probability of a success in Bernoulli trials.

The idea of a FIDUCIAL interval appeared in 1930 in R. A. Fisher’s
"Inverse Probability,"
*Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society,* **26,** 528-535.

Jerzy Neyman (1894-1981) launched the modern theory of *confidence
intervals* and introduced the term in the 1934 paper, "On the Two Different
Aspects of the Representative Method," *Journal of the Royal Statistical
Society,* **97**, 558-625:

The form of this solution consists in determining certain intervals, which I propose to call the confidence intervals..., in which we may assume are contained the values of the estimated characters of the population, the probability of an error is a statement of this sort being equal to or less than 1 - ε, where ε is any number 0 < ε < 1, chosen in advance. The number ε I call the confidence coefficient.

The term **CONFLUENT HYPERGEOMETRIC FUNCTION** was introduced by E. T.
Whittaker and G. K. Watson in the 1915 edition of *A Course of Modern Analysis* writes G. F. J. Temple “Edmund
Taylor Whittaker,” *Biographical Memoirs of
Fellows of the Royal Society of London*, **2**, (1956), p. 307.

**CONFORMAL MAPPING.** The term *projectio conformis* was
introduced by F. T. Schubert in 1789 (DSB, article: "Euler").

Gauss used the term *conforme Abbildung.*

Cayley used the term *orthomorphosis.*

In 1956, Albert A. Bennett wrote: "Thus a function of one argument,
or a mapping, is simply a one-valued, two-term relation. The term
'mapping' thus includes 'functional,' 'projectivity,' and so forth.
Although the phrase 'conformal mapping' is old, the general use here
mentioned is very recent and may be due to van der Waerden, 1937."
(This quotation was taken from "Concerning the function concept,"
*The Mathematics Teacher,* May 1956.)

**CONFOUNDING** has been in the vocabulary of the
theory of experimental design from the beginning. "Confounded" appears on p.
513 of R. A. Fisher’s
"The Arrangement of Field
Experiments" *Journal of the Ministry of Agriculture of
Great Britain,* 33: 503-513 (1926). But the usage is older than the modern theory. In
his *System of Logic* (1843) John Stuart Mill wrote that in devising an
experiment "We require also that none of the circumstances [of the experiment]
that we do know shall have effects susceptible of being confounded with those
of the agents whose properties we wish to study." (Book III, chapter X.)

(based on David (2001) and S. Greenland
"Confounding" in *Encyclopedia of Biostatistics*
**1**, (1998), 900-907. Chichester: Wiley

**CONGRUENT (geometric figures).** *Congruere* (Latin, "to
coincide") was used by geometers of the sixteenth century in their
editions of *Euclid* in quoting Common Notion 4: "Things which
coincide with one another are equal to one another." ["Ea ...
aequalia sunt, quae sibi mutuo congruunt."]

For instance, in 1539, Christoph Clavius (1537?-1612) writes:

...Hinc enim fit, ut aequalitas angulorum ejusdem generis requirat eandem inclinationem linearum, ita ut lineae unius conveniant omnino lineis alterius, si unus alteri superponatur. Ea enim aequalia sunt, quae sibi mutuo congruunt.

[Cf. page 363 of Clavius’s "Euclidis", vol. I, Romae: Apvd Barthdomaevm Grassium, 1589]

As a more technical term for a relation between figures,
*congruent* seems to have originated with Gottfried Wilhelm
Leibniz (1646-1716), writing in Latin and French. His manuscript
"Characteristica Geometrica" of August 10, 1679, is in his
*Gesammelte Werke, dritte Folge: mathematische Schriften, Band
5.* On p. 150 he says that if a figure can be applied exactly to
another without distortion, they are said to be *congruent*:

Quodsi duo non quidem coincidant, id est non quidem simul eundem locum occupent, possint tamen sibi applicari, et sine ulla in ipsis per se spectatis mutatione facta alterum in alterius locum substitui queat, tunc duo illa dicentur esseHis Figure 39 shows two radii of a circle, with the center labelled both A and C. Later (p. 154) he points out that "congruent" is the same as "similar and equal." He used "congruent" in the modern (Hilbert) sense, applied to line segments and various other things as well as triangles.congrua,ut A.B et C.D in fig.39 ...

Shortly afterwards, on September 8, 1679, he included a similar definition in a letter to Hugens (sic) van Zulichem. In his ges. Werke etc. as above, volume 2, p. 22, he illustrates congruence with a pair of triangles, and says that they "peuvent occuper exactement la meme place, et qu'on peut appliquer ou mettre l'un sur l'autre sans rien changer dans ces deux figures que la place." [Ken Pledger and Julio González Cabillón]

Writers commonly refer to geometric figures as
*equal* as recently as the nineteenth century. In 1828,
*Elements of Geometry and Trigonometry* (1832) by David Brewster
(a translation of Legendre) has:

Two triangles are equal, when an angle and the two sides which contain it, in the one, are respectively equal to an angle and the two sides which contain it, in the other.

**CONGRUENT (in modular arithmetic)** was defined by Carl
Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) in 1801 in *Disquisitiones
arithmeticae*: "Si numerus *a* numerorum *b,* *c* differentiam metitur,
*b* et *c* secundum a congrui dicuntur."

*Congruent* is found in English in 1808 in *The Monthly Review; or Literary
Journal, Enlarged.*
A review of Gauss’s Arithmetical Researches
(specifically a review of Poullet Delisle’s French translation Récherches Arithmétiques
of the original work by “M. Ch. Fr. Gauss, of Brunswick”.

M. Gauss begins with new names and new signs. If a number a divides the difference ofbandc,thenbandcare said to be congruous (congrus) according toa,which is called the modulus. The sign appropriate to this congruity is ≡, so that, in this new symbolical language,b≡c(modulusa).The numbers

bandcare called residues, (residus,)bthe residue ofc,andcthe residue ofb,to the modulusa.For instance, -16 and 9 are congruous to the modulus 5; or, symbolically,-16 ≡ 9 (mod. 5).

On the same page the reviewer writes:

Here we cannot forbear expressing our wish that M. Gauss had not been tempted into the invention of new names and new signs: for, as far as our experience goes, the formation and employment of them in this work have certainly not elucidated the reasonings, and very slightly abridged them. Indeed, the mental labour of the reader (and that is an object which an author ought to consult) is rendered greater: not because these new names and new signs are difficult of explanation; but because they arenot familiar:so that, besides the usual impediments of abstruse mathematical processes, the author has contrived to add these artificial impediments; and indeed, in the conduct and explanation of his processes, he seldom consults the ease of his reader.

[Google print search, James A. Landau]

See MODULUS, MODULO and MOD.

**CONIC SECTION.** Apollonius of Perga wrote a work in 8 books, of which
the first 4 have survived in the original Greek and books 5 through 7 in Arabic
translation. Book 8 is lost. This work is referred to in English as *Conic
Sections* or *Conics.*

www.wilbourhall.org/pdfs/Apollonius_VOL_I.pdf
gives Apollonius’s work in an 1890 Greek reprint and in Latin translation. The
Latin title is *Conicorum* and the Greek title is (in all capitals)
“ΚΟΝΙΚΟΝ.” Many sources transliterate this
name as *Keonikon.*

The Muslim mathematician Abu Ali Hasan Ibn
al-Haitham, also known by his Latinized name Alhazen or Alhacen, wrote a book
whose title in English is *Treatise on the Completion of [Appolonius’s]
Conics*. The Arabic title is *Kitab al-makhrutat* (German
scholars transliterate it as *Maqealah fei tameam kiteab al-makhreurteart*).
Perhaps *al-makhrutat* is the Arabic term for *the conic sections.*

The first Latin translation (from the Arabic) of al-Haytham’s work was in 1661, from an Arabic copy found in the di Medici library by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli. The translation was by Abraham Ecchellensis.

*Conic section* is found in the title *De sectionibus
conicis* by Claude Mydorge (1585-1647).

The term is also found in the title *Essay on Conic Sections* by
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) published in February 1640.

[James A. Landau]

**CONJECTURE** in the sense of "an opinion or supposition based on evidence which is admittedly insufficient"
had been in English for a more than a century when Isaac Newton used the term
in 1672: "I shall refer him to my former Letter, by which that conjecture will appear to be ungrounded."
Mr. Isaac Newtons
Answer to Some Considerations upon His Doctrine of Light and Colors; Which Doctrine Was Printed in Numb. 80. of
These Tracts, *Phil. Trans.* VII. p. 5084. The conjecture in
question seemed to concern optics, not mathematics.

Jacob Steiner (1796-1863) referred to a result of Poncelet as a
*conjecture.* Poncelet showed in 1822 that in the presence of a
given circle with given center, all the Euclidean constructions can
be carried out with ruler alone (DSB, article: "Mascheroni").

In *Récréations Mathématiques,* tome II,
Note II, Sur les nombres de Fermat et de Mersenne (1883), É.
Lucas referred to "la conjecture de Fermat."

In his article "Conjecture" (Synthese 111, pp. 197-210, 1997), Barry Mazur writes (bottom of page 207):

Since I am not a historian of Mathematics I dare not make any serious pronouncements about the historical use of the term, but I have not come across any appearance of the word Conjecture or its equivalent in other languages with the above meaning [i.e., an opinion or supposition based on evidence which is admittedly insufficient] in mathematical literature except in the twentieth century. The earliest use of the noun conjecture in mathematical writing that I have encountered is in Hilbert’s 1900 address, where it is used exactly once, in reference to Kronecker’s Jugendtraum.For changing fashions in terminology see the entry on GOLDBACH’S CONJECTURE.

**CONJUGATE.** Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789-1857) used *conjuguées*
for *a* + *bi* and *a* - *bi* in
*Cours d'Analyse algébrique*
(1821, p. 180) (Smith vol. 2, page 267).

**CONJUGATE ANGLE** is found in "The Genesis of Quaternions" by John Paterson in the *Cambridge and Dublin
Mathematical Journal* of 1854. [Google print search]

**CONJUGATE PRIOR DISTRIBUTIONS.** The term and supporting theory appeared in Howard Raiffa and
Robert Schlaifer’s
*Applied Statistical Decision Theory*, (1961). (David 2001.) The same theory
was developed independently by
G. A. Barnard;
he described the distributions involved as being "closed under sampling."
Barnard’s work is reported by G. B. Weatherill "Bayesian Sequential Analysis," *Biometrika*,
**48**, (1961), 281-292.

**CONJUNCTION**. According to W. & M. Kneale *The Development of Logic* (1962)
p. 160, conjunction was discussed by the Stoic logicians. "They defined
a conjunctive proposition as one which was true if both the conjoined propositions
were true and otherwise false." For general information on the Stoics see Dick Baltzly
Stoicism.

For the English words *conjunction* and *conjunctive*,
the OED’s earliest quotations are from the 19^{th} century, beginning
with (from *c*1848) Sir William Hamilton *Logic* II. App. 369 "The
Conjunctive and Disjunctive forms of Hypothetical reasoning are reducible to
immediate inferences."

**CONSERVATIVE EXTENSION.** Martin Davis believes the term was
first used by Paul C. Rosenbloom. It appears in *The Elements of
Mathematical Logic,* 1st ed., New York: Dover Publications, 1950.

**CONSISTENCY.** The term *consistency*
applied to estimation was introduced by R. A. Fisher in "
On the Mathematical Foundations of Theoretical Statistics.
" (*Phil. Trans. R. Soc.* 1922). Fisher wrote: "A statistic satisfies the criterion of consistency,
if, when it is calculated from the whole population, it is equal to the required
parameter." (p. 309)

In the modern literature this notion is usually called
*Fisher-consistency* (a name suggested by Rao) to distinguish it
from the more standard notion linked to the limiting behavior of a
sequence of estimators. The latter is hinted at in Fisher’s writings
but was perhaps first set out rigorously by Hotelling in the "The
Consistency and Ultimate Distribution of Optimum Statistics,"
*Transactions of the American Mathematical Society* (1930).
[This entry was contributed by John Aldrich, based on David (1995).]

**CONSTANT** was introduced by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
(1646-1716) (Kline, page 340).

*Constant* is used as a noun in English in 1832 in the title
*Treatise on Strength, Flexure, and Stiffness of Cast-Iron Beams and Columns, with Tables of Constants* by W. Turnbull. [OED]

**CONSTANT OF INTEGRATION.** In 1807 Hutton *Course Math.*
has: "To Correct the Fluent of any Given Fluxion .. The finding of
the constant quantity c, to be added or subtracted with the fluent as
found by the foregoing rules, is called correcting the fluent.

In 1831 *Elements of the Integral Calculus* (1839) by J. R.
Young refers to "the arbitrary constant C."

*Constant of integration* is found in 1846 in "On the Rotation of a Solid
Body Round a Fixed Point" by Arthur Cayley in the *Cambridge and Dublin
Mathematical Journal* [University of Michigan Historical Math Collection].

In 1849 in *An Introduction to the Differential and Integral
Calculus,* 2nd ed., by James Thomson, it is called the "constant
quantity annexed."

**CONTINGENCY TABLE** was introduced by Karl Pearson in "On the
Theory of Contingency and its Relation to Association and Normal
Correlation," which appeared in *Drapers' Company Research
Memoirs* (1904) Biometric Series I:

This result enables us to start from the mathematical theory of independent probability as developed in the elementary text books, and build up from it a generalised theory of association, or, as I term it,This citation was provided by James A. Landau.contingency.We reach the notion of a pure contingency table, in which the order of the sub-groups is of no importance whatever.

The **CONTINUED FRACTION** was introduced by John Wallis
(1616-1703) (DSB, article: "Cataldi").

Wallis used *continue fracta* in 1655 in *Arithmetica
Infinitorum* Prop. CXCI.

The phrase "Esto igitur fractio eiusmode continue fracta quaelibet
sic deignata..." is found in volume I of *Opera Mathematica,* a
collection of Wallis' mathematical and scientific works published in
1693-1699.

The phrase "fractio, quae denominatorem habeat continue fractum" is
found in *Opera,* I, 469 (Smith vol. 2, page 420).

In 1685 Wallis referred to Brouncker’s continued fraction as "a
fraction still fracted continually" in *A Treatise of Algebra*
[Philip G. Drazin, David Fowler, James A. Landau, Siegmund Probst].

*Continued fraction* is found in English in 1742 in *The Elements of Algebra in a New and Easy method*
by Nathaniel Hammond: “...for it is the same thing whether the Quantities that compose the Numerator,
are placed successively one after another like one continued Fraction, or placed separately and distinctly, like different Fractions....”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CONTINUOUS.** The term *continuous*
has been in the vocabulary of mathematics for more than 250 years but in that
time its meaning has changed. The earliest definition given by Katz (page 524)
is from the second volume of Euler’s *Introductio in analysin infinitorum*
(1748), "A continuous curve is one such that its nature can be expressed by
a single function of *x*. If a curve is of such a nature that for its various
parts ... different functions of *x* are required for its expression... then
we call such a curve discontinuous."

However modern usage is closer to the definitions given by
Bernard Bolzano in 1817 and
Augustin-Louis Cauchy
in 1821. (Katz page 641) Cauchy wrote "The function *f*(*x*)
will be, between two assigned values of the variable *x*, a continuous
function of this variable if for each value of *x* between these limits, the [absolute] value
of the difference *f*(*x* + α) - *f*(*x*)
decreases indefinitely with α." *Cours d'analyse*
(Oeuvres II.3), p. 43.

In English mathematical writing of the nineteenth century
the term *continuous* often seemed to mean *smooth and without discontinuity*,
where a discontinuity might be a corner as well as what would be classified
as a discontinuity today. A *JSTOR* search found Thomas
Knight writing about bodies being bounded by continuous curve surfaces in his
"Of the Attraction of Such Solids as are Terminated by Planes; and of Solids
of Greatest Attraction," *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society*,
**102**, (1812), 247-309 and meaning surfaces without corners. In
1893 the *OED* gave the following definition of a *continuous function*,
"a function that varies continuously, and whose differential coefficient therefore
never becomes infinite." Amazingly it is still there today.

Turning to calculus textbooks, Todhunter’s
*A
treatise on the differential calculus with numerous examples* (8^{th} edition 1878, p. 71) states,
"the function must have a single finite value for every value of the variable,
and the function must change *gradually* as the variable passes from one
value to the other so that, corresponding to any indefinitely small change in
the value of the variable there must be an indefinitely small change in the
function." In the early 20^{th} century G. H. Hardy wrote in his
*
A course of pure mathematics* (1908, p. 172) "The function φ(*x*) is said to be continuous for *x* = ξ
if it tends to a limit as *x* tends to ξ from either side,
and each of these limits is equal to φ(ξ)."

In the 20^{th} century the notion of a continuous
function between abstract spaces came into use. There is a definition of a continuous
function from one topological space to another in Felix Hausdorff’s* Grundzüge der Mengenlehre* (1914, p. 359).

See also ABSOLUTE CONTINUITY, UNIFORM CONTINUITY.

[This entry was contributed by John Aldrich.]

**CONTINUOUS CURVE** is found in English in 1830 in *The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia* in the
article on “Epicycloid”:
“If the generating circle be supposed to continue to roll along the base produced, in each case the
generating point will describe other cycloids, exactly like the first. In fact, they may be considered as forming
with it a continuous curve, which never returns into itself, but goes on indefinitely.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CONTINUOUS FUNCTION** is found in English in 1836 in
*The Differential and Integral Calculus*
by Augustus de Morgan.
According to James A. Landau,
there are at least nine usages of *continuous function*
and 34 of the word *continuous* but there does not seem to be a definition of *continuous function.*

**CONTINUUM.** According to the DSB, the term *continuum*
appeared as early as the writings of the Scholastics, but the first
satisfactory definition of the term was given by Cantor.

**CONTINUUM HYPOTHESIS.** In his 1900 Paris
lecture, Hilbert titled his first problem “Cantor’s Problem of the
Power of the Continuum.”

In his 1901 doctoral dissertation writen under Hilbert, Felix
Bernstein used the term "Cantor’s Continuum Problem" ("das Cantorsche
Continuumproblem"). This is the first time the term "Cantor’s
Continuum Problem" appeared in print, according to *Cantor’s
Continuum Problem* by Gregory H. Moore, which also states that
"presumbly Bernstein obtained the name 'Continuum Problem' by
abbreviating Hilbert’s title."

*Continuum problem* also appears in Felix Bernstein, "Zum
Kontinuumproblem," *Mathematische Annalen* 60 (1905); Julius
König, "Zum Kontinuum-Problem," *Verhandlungen des dritten
internat. Math.- Kongress* (1905); and Julius König, "Zum
Kontinuumproblem," *Mathematische Annalen* 60 (1905).

In his essay "On the Infinite" (1925) Hilbert referred to the question of whether continuum hypothesis is true as the "famous problem of the continuum"; the word "hypothesis" is not used. Two years later, in "The foundations of mathematics" (1927) he referred to "the proof or refutation of Cantor’s continuum hypothesis."

Carlos César de Araújo believes that the use of "hypothesis" here became more popular and well-established only after the 1934 monograph of Sierpinski, "Hypothése du continu."

In the 1962 Chelsea translation of the 1937 3rd German edition of
Hausdorff’s *Mengenlehre* pp 45f is the following:

A conjecture that was made at the beginning of Cantor’s investigations, and that remains unproved to this day, is that [alef] is the cardinal number next larger than [alef-null]; this conjecture is known as the(Hausdorff used [alef] to mean the infinity of the continuum.)continuum hypothesis,and the question as to whether it is true or not is known as theproblem of the continuum

*Continuum hypothesis* appears in Waclaw Sierpinski,
“Sur deux
propositions, dont l'ensemble équivaut à l'hypothése du conntinu”, *Fundamenta Mathematicae* 29, pp 31-33
(1937).

*Continuum hypothesis* appears in the title "The consistency of
the axiom of choice and of the generalized continuum-hypothesis" by
Kurt Gödel, *Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci.,* 24, 556-557 (1938)
[James A. Landau, Carlos César de Araújo].

**CONTRACTION MAPPING FIXED-POINT THEOREM.** This appears as Theorem 6 on p. 140 of
Stefan Banach’s
“Sur les opérations dans les ensembles abstraits
et leur application aux équations integrales”, *Fundamenta Mathematicae*, **3**,
(1922), 133-181. The theorem is sometimes called *Banach’s fixed point theorem*.

**CONTRAPOSITIVE.** Boethius wrote: " Est enim per
contrapositionem conversio, ut si dicas omnis homo animal est, omne
non animal non homo est."

*Contraposition* is found in English in 1551 in T. Wilson,
*Logike*: "A conuersion by contraposition is when the former
part of the sentence is turned into the last rehearsed part, and the
last rehearsed part turned into the former part of the sentence, both
the propositions being uniuersall, and affirmatiue, sauing that in
the second proposition there be certaine negatiues enterlaced"
(OED2).

*Contrapose* and *contraposite* are other older terms in
English.

De Morgan used the adverb *contrapositively* in 1858 in
*Trans. Camb. Philos. Soc.* (OED2).

*Contrapositive* appears as an adjective in the preface to
*The Elements of Plane Geometry* (1868) by R. P. Wright. The
preface was written by T. A. Hirst (1830-1892): "The two theorems
are, in fact, contrapositive forms, one of the other; the truth of
each is implied, when that of the other is asserted, and to
demonstrate both geometrically is more than superfluous; it is a
mistake, since the true relation between the two is thereby masked."

*Contrapositive* was used as a noun in 1870 by William Stanley
Jevons in *Elementary Lessons in Logic* (1880): "Convert and
show that the result is the contrapositive of the original" (OED2).

**CONTRA-POSITIVE.** In 1835 in *Theory of Conjugate Functions, or Algebraic Couples,*
William Rowan Hamilton
uses this term to mean “negative” (in the sense of negative numbers in algebra).
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

**CONTROL CHART.** W. A. Shewhart devised this basic tool of quality control in the 1920s
but the technique (and the name) only came into general use following the publication of his book
*Economic Control of Quality of Manufactured Product* in 1931.

See the entry QUALITY CONTROL.

**CONVERGENCE** (of a vector field) was coined by James Clerk
Maxwell (Katz, page 752; Kline, page 785). It is the negative of the
*divergence,* q.v.

See CURL.

The terms **CONVERGENT** and **DIVERGENT** were used by James
Gregory in 1667 in his *Vera circuli et hyperbolae quadratura*
(Cajori 1919, page 228). Gregory wrote *series convergens.*

However, according to Smith (vol. 2, page 507), the term
*convergent series* is due to Gregory (1668) and the term
*divergent series* is due to Nicholas I Bernoulli (1713). In a
footnote, he cites F. Cajori, *Bulletin of the Amer. Math. Soc.*
XXIX, 55.

**CONVERSE** is first found in English in Sir Henry Billingsley’s
1570 translation of Euclid’s *Elements* (OED2).

**CONVEX** (curved outward) appears in English in 1571 in *A
Geometricall Practise named Pantometria* by Thomas Digges
(1546?-1595) (OED2).

**CONVEX FUNCTION.** A. Guerraggio and E. Molho write, "The first modern formalization
of the concept of *convex function* appears in
J. L. W. V. Jensen
‘Om konvexe funktioner og uligheder mellem midelvaerdier,’
*Nyt Tidsskr. Math. B* **16** (1905), pp. 49-69. Since then,
at first referring to ‘Jensen’s convex functions,’ then more openly, without
needing any explicit reference, the definition of convex function becomes a
standard element in calculus handbooks." ("The Origins of Quasi-concavity: a
Development between Mathematics and Economics," *Historia Mathematica*,
**31**, (2004), 62-75.)

The term **quasi-convex function** was introduced
by W. Fenchel in his *Convex Cones, Sets and Functions* (1953). See Guerraggio
& Molho (op. cit.) who also describe earlier appearances of the concept
in work by von Neumann (1928) and de Finetti (1949). The term **quasi-concave function**
appears in K. J. Arrow & G. Debreu "Existence of an Equilibrium for a Competitive
Economy," *Econometrica*, **22**, (1954), pp. 265-290.

See also JENSEN’S INEQUALITY.

**CONVEX POLYGON.** In 1828 in *Elements of Geometry and
Trigonometry* (1832) by David Brewster (a translation
of Legendre) is found the following:

We thought it better to restrict our reasoning to those lines which we have namedconvex,and which are such that a straight line cannot cut them in more than two points.

*Convex polygon* is found in 1848 in *Elements of Plane Geometry, Theoretical and Practical,* 3rd edition,
by Thomas Duncan: “In a concave polygon, that is, any polygon not convex, the sum of the salient angles together
with the defect of each re-entering angle from four right angles, is equal to twice as many right angles as
the polygon has sides, wanting four right angles. ...
In a convex polygon, the sum of the exterior angles made by producing the sides, is equal to four right angles.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

In 1857 *Mathematical Dictionary
and Cyclopedia of Mathematical Sciences* has *convex polygon* and
the synonymous term *salient polygon.*

See also SALIENT ANGLE.

**CONVEX SET.** The German term appears in
E. Steinitz
"Bedingt konvergente Reihen und konvexe Systeme, I," *J. Reine Angew. Math.,* **143,** (1913)
128-175. A *JSTOR* search found the term in English in J. L. Walsh
"On the Transformation of Convex Point Sets," *Annals of Mathematics*,
**22**, (1921), 262-266.

In the early 20^{th} century convolutions
appeared in the field of INTEGRAL EQUATIONS. In
his 1906 paper “Grundzüge einer allgemeinen Theorie der linearen Integralgleichungen. Vierte Mittelung”
*Nachrichten
von d. Königl. Ges. d. Wissensch. zu Göttingen (Math.-physik. Kl.)* (1906) 157-227 Hilbert used the word *Faltung*,
meaning “folding” or “plaiting.” See J. Dieudonné *History of Functional Analysis* (pp. 113-4).
The term became standard in the new field of FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS.

In the 1930s an English equivalent was found. In 1932 Aurel
Wintner used “folding expression” in his “Remarks
on the Ergodic Theorem of Birkhoff,” *Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences*, **18**, (3), p. 251.
Norbert Wiener stuck to *Faltung* in his 1933 book, *The Fourier Integral and Certain of its Applications*,
maintaining that “there is no good English word” (p. 45) Actually there was a rarely
used and rather formal English synonym for “folding” and Wintner used
“convolution” in his 1934 article, “On Analytic Convolutions of Bernoulli
Distributions,” *American Journal of
Mathematics*, **56**, p. 662.
This became the usual English term. See the *Encyclopaedia
of Mathematics* entry.

[This entry was contributed by John Aldrich. A citation was provided by Yaakov Stein.]

The word **COORDINATE** was introduced by Gottfried Wilhelm
Leibniz (1646-1716). He also used the term *axes of co-ordinates.*
According to Cajori (1919, pages 175 and 211), he used the terms in
1692; according to Ball, he used the terms in a paper of 1694. Bill
Stockich has found a use by Leibniz in a
manuscript
dated April-May 1673. See page 229. Stockich writes that this manuscript
“may be among Leibniz’s private papers when he was in the
early stages of learning the subject, but it does indicate to me that he
had been accustomed to using the word long before he did in the *Acta
Eruditorum.*”

Leibniz used the term in "De linea ex lineis numero infinitis
ordinatim ductis inter se concurrentibus formata, easque omnes
tangente, ac de novo in ea re Analysis infinitorum usu," in *Acta
Eruditorum,* vol. 11 (1692), pp. 168-171. On p. 170: "Verum tam
ordinata quam abscissa, quas per x & y designari mos est (quas
& coordinatas appellare soleo, cum una sit ordinata ad unum,
altera ad alterum latus anguli, a duabus condirectricibus
comprehensi) est gemina seu differentiabilis." The article is also
printed in Leibniz, *Mathematische Schriften* (ed. Gerhardt),
vol. 5, pp. 266-269 [Siegmund Probst].

Descartes did not use the term *coordinate* (Burton, page 350).

The term **COORDINATE GEOMETRY** is dated 1815-25 in RHUD2. An
early use of the term is by Matthew O'Brien (1814-1855) in *A
treatise on plane co-ordinate geometry; or, The application of the
method of co-ordinates to the solution of problems in plane
geometry,* Part 1, Cambridge: Deighton, 1844.

**COPLANAR** appears in Sir William Rowan Hamilton, *Lectures on
Quaternions* (London: Whittaker & Co., 1853): "In that particular
*case,* there was ready a *known* signification [36] for
the product line, considered as the fourth proportional to the
unit-line (assumed here on the last-mentioned axis), and to the two
coplanar factor-lines" [James A. Landau].

**CORNISH-FISHER EXPANSION.** The technique is described in
E. A. Cornish
and Fisher, R. A. "Moments
and Cumulants in the Specification of Distributions." *Revue de l'Institute
International de Statistique*, **4**, 1-14, 1937. A *JSTOR* search
found the phrase "Cornish-Fisher expansion" used in L. A. Aroian "On the Levels
of Significance of the Incomplete Beta Function and the F-Distributions," *Biometrika*,
Vol. 37, No. 3/4. (Dec., 1950), pp. 219-223.

**COROLLARY.** From the Latin *corolla,* a small garland. The word is dated 14th
century by Merriam-Webster.

The word is found in English in 1669 in *Philosophical Transactions: Giving Some Accompt
of the Present Undertakings, Studies and Labours of the Ingenious in Many Considerable Parts of the World,*
Vol. III For Anno 1668:
“And as a Corollary of Prop. 62, he Cubeth or measureth either of the Segments of
a Parabolical Conoid cut with a Plain, parallel to the Axis.” [Google print search, James A. Landau]

In an essay entitled "The Essence of Mathematics" (see James R.
Newman’s anthology *The world of mathematics*), Charles
Saunders Peirce (1839-1914) wrote:

(...) while all the "philosophers" follow Aristotle in holding no demonstration to be thoroughly satisfactory except what they call a "direct demonstration", or a "demonstration why" (...) the mathematicians, on the contrary, entertain a contempt for that style of reasoning, and glory in what the philosophers stigmatize as "mere indirect demonstrations", or "demonstrations that". Those propositions which can be deduced from others by reasoning of the kind that the philosophers extol are set down by mathematicians as "corollaries". That is to say, they are like those geometrical truths which Euclid did not deem worthy of particular mention, and which his editors inserted with a garland, or corolla, against each in the margin, implying perhaps that it was to them that such honor as might attach to these insignificants remarks was due. (...) we may say that corollarial, or "philosophical" reasoning is reasoning with words; while theorematic, or mathematical reasoning proper, is reasoning with specially constructed schemata.

[Carlos César de Araújo]

**CORRELATION, CORRELATION COEFFICIENT** and **COEFFICIENT OF CORRELATION.**
Francis Galton was the first to *measure*
correlation. The *index of co-relation* appears in 1888 in his
"Co-Relations and Their Measurement,"
*Proc. R. Soc.,* **45**, 135-145: "The statures of kinsmen are
co-related variables; thus, the stature of the father is correlated to that
of the adult son,..and so on; but the index of co-relation ... is different
in the different cases" (OED2). "Co-relation" soon gave way to
"correlation" as in W. F. R. Weldon’s
"The Variations
Occurring in Certain Decapod Crustacea-I.
Crangon vulgaris," *Proc. R. Soc.,* **47**, (1889 -
1890), 445-453.

The term *coefficient of correlation* was apparently
originated by Edgeworth in 1892, according to Karl Pearson’s "Notes on
the History of Correlation," (reprinted in Pearson & Kendall (1970).
It appears in 1892 in F. Y. Edgeworth, "Correlated Averages," *Philosophical
Magazine, 5th Series,* 34, 190-204.

The OED2 shows Pearson using *coefficient of correlation* in 1896 in
Contributions to the Mathematical
Theory of Evolution. Note on Reproductive Selection, *Proc.
R. Soc.*, **59**, p. 302: "Let *r*_{0} be the coefficient
of correlation between parent and offspring." But both *correlation-coefficient*
and *correlation coefficient* appear in another 1896 paper by Pearson,
"Mathematical
Contributions to the Theory of Evolution. III. Regression,
Heredity and Panmixia," *Phil. Trans. R. Soc., Ser. A.* 187, 253-318.
This paper introduced the product moment formula for estimating correlations--Galton
and Edgeworth had used different methods.

**Partial correlation.** G. U.
Yule introduced "net coefficients" for "coefficients of correlation
between any two of the variables while eliminating the effects of variations
in the third" in "On the Correlation of Total Pauperism with Proportion
of Out-Relief" (in Notes and Memoranda) *Economic Journal,* Vol. 6,
(1896), pp. 613-623. Pearson argued that *partial* and *total* are
more appropriate than net and gross in Karl Pearson & Alice Lee
"On the
Distribution of Frequency (Variation and Correlation)
of the Barometric Height at Divers Stations," *Phil. Trans.
R. Soc.,* Ser. A, **190**, (1897), p. 462n. Yule went fully partial with his 1907 paper
"On the
Theory of Correlation for any Number of Variables,
Treated by a New System of Notation," *Proc. R. Soc. Series
A,* **79**, pp. 182-193.

**Multiple correlation.** At first
"multiple correlation" referred only to the general approach, e.g. by Yule in
*Economic Journal* (1896). The coefficient arrives later. "On the
Theory of Correlation" (*J. Royal Statist. Soc.,* 1897, p. 833) refers
to a coefficient of double correlation *R*_{1} (the correlation of the first variable with the other two). Yule
(1907, p. 193)
discussed the "coefficient of *n*-fold correlation," written *R*_{1(23...n)}. Pearson
used the phrases "coefficient of multiple correlation" in his 1914
"On Certain Errors with Regard to Multiple Correlation Occasionally Made
by Those Who Have not Adequately Studied this Subject," *Biometrika,*
**10**, 181-187, and "multiple correlation coefficient" in his
1915 paper "On the Partial Correlation Ratio," *Proc. R. Soc. Series
A,* **91**, 492-498.

This entry was contributed by John Aldrich. See also FISHER’S z TRANSFORMATION OF THE CORRELATION COEFFICIENT and the discussion on probability and statistics symbols on the mathematical symbols page.

The term **CORRELOGRAM** was introduced by H. Wold in 1938 (*A Study in the Analysis of Stationary
Time Series*). There is a plot of empirical serial correlations, i.e. an empirical correlogram, in Yule’s
"Why Do We Sometimes Get Nonsense Correlations between Time-series ..." *Journal of the Royal Statistical
Society,* **89,** (1926), 1-69 (David 2001).

**CORRESPONDENCE ANALYSIS** (Statistics). This method for analysing discrete multivariate
data was proposed in 1935 by H. O. Hirschfeld (Hartley) "A Connection between
Correlation and Contingency," *Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical
Society*, **31**, (1935) 520-4. Since then it has been rediscovered several
times and given a variety of names. "Correspondence analysis" has become the
standard term following the work of J.-P. Benzécri *Analyse des données,
tome 2: analyse des correspondances.* (1973). (From M. O. Hill’s
article "Correspondence Analysis" in *Encyclopedia of the Statistical Sciences*
**2**, 204-210.)

**COSECANT.** The cosecant was called the *secans secunda* by
Magini (1592) and Cavalieri (1643) (Smith vol. 2, page 622).

*Co-secant* is found in English in 1658 in *Trigonometria Britannica* by John Newton:
“And as the co-tangents are made from the Tangents, so are the Secants
to be made from the sines, For as the sine of an Arch, is to Radius, so is Radius to the co-secant
of that Arch by the 31th *of the first.*”
[Glen Van Brummelen].

Some sources say the word *cosecant* was introduced by Edmund
Gunter (1581-1626). However, he apparently did not use the term.
Ball (page 243) and Smith (vol. 2, page 622) say the term *cosecant*
seems to have been first used by Rheticus, reporting that the
Latin *cosecans* appears in
*Opus Palatinum de triangulis* ("The Palatine Work on Triangles"),
which was written by Georg Joachim von Lauchen Rheticus (1514-1574).
This treatise was published after his death by his pupil Valentin Otto in 1596.
Ball wrote “I think” it came from Rheticus, and Smith probably took the
information from Ball.
However, Glen Van Brummelen, in an email in 2014, reports that looking at
*Opus palatinum* he cannot find the term.

**COSET** was used in 1910 by G. A. Miller in *Quarterly Journal
of Mathematics.*

**COSINE.** While the **SINE** was discussed
and named by mathematicians writing in Sanskrit and Arabic, the naming of *cosine* was the work of Europeans writing
in Latin.

According to Smith vol. 2, page 619, the emergence of
a special term began with Plato of Tivoli (c. 1120) and his use of the
expression *chorda residui*. The Latin word *chorda* was actually a better
translation of the Sanskrit-Arabic word for **SINE** than the word chosen, *sinus*,
but once the latter came into use most mathematicians chose a term for *cosine* based upon it. The examples Smith gives are
*sinus rectus complementi* from Regiomontanus (c. 1463),
*basis* (exceptionally) from Rhaeticus (1551),
*sinus rectus secundus,*
*sinus residuae* from Vieta (1579), and
*sinus secundus* from Magini (1609).
Glen Van Brummelen found an earlier use for *sinus rectus secundus* than Smith gives, namely by
Peter Apian, who used the phrase for cosine in his 1541 *Instrumentum sinuum seu primi mobilis.*

The term *co.sinus* was suggested by the English mathematician Edmund Gunter (1581-1626) in his *Canon triangulorum, sive, Tabulae sinuum et
tangentium artificialium ad radium 100000.0000. & ad scrupula prima
quadrantis* (1620). According to Smith (page 619), the term was "soon
modified by John Newton (1658) into cosinus, a word which was thereafter
received with general favor."

The *OED* finds *cosine* in English in a
passage from 1635: “As the Radius Is to the cosine
of the angle given.” This comes from John Wells *Sciographia, or the art of shadowes : Plainly demonstrating
out of the Sphere, how to project both great and small circles, upon any plane
whatsoever: with a new conceit of reflecting the sunne beames upon a diall ...
All performed, by the doctrine of Triangles.*

**COTANGENT.** Bradwardine used the term *umbra recta.*

Magini (1609) used *tangens secunda.*

*Cotangent* was coined in Latin by Edmund Gunter (1581-1626) in
1620 in *Canon Triangulorum, or Table of Artificial Sines and
Tangents.* Gunter wrote *cotangens.*

*Cotangent* is found in English in 1714 in *The Young Gentleman’s Trigonometry:
Containing Such Elements of Trigonometry, as are most Useful and Easy to be known*
by Edward Wells. [Google print search, James A. Landau]

**COTANGENT SPACE** is found in Louis Auslander,
“The use of forms in variational calculations,” *Pacific J. Math.* Volume 5,
Suppl. 2 (1955), 853-859.

The term **COUNTABLE** was introduced by Georg Cantor (1845-1918)
(Kline, page 995). According to the University of St. Andrews
website, he introduced the word in a paper of 1883.

**COUNTING NUMBER** is dated ca. 1965 in MWCD10.

**COVARIANCE, ANALYSIS OF COVARIANCE.** The term *covariance*, analogous to variance, began appearing in 1930
in the writings of R. A. Fisher and his circle. It is used in Fisher’s *The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection*
(p. 195), Harold Hotelling’s "The Consistency and Ultimate Distribution of Optimum Statistics,"
*Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*, **32**, p. 850 and H. G. Sanders’s
"A Note on the Value of Uniformity Trials for Subsequent Experiments,
*Journal of Agricultural Science*, **21**, p. 64. In 1918 when Fisher introduced the term
*variance* (q.v.) he announced the fact. In 1930 nobody said he was introducing a new term.

The term *analysis of covariance* has been used since 1932-and the 4^{th}
edition of Fisher’s *Statistical Methods for Research Workers*--for a particular extension of
the analysis of variance. The method--without the name--was the subject of Sanders’s "Note" of 1930;
Sanders expressed his "great indebtedness" to Fisher. However, the name was used for a *different*
extension of the analysis of variance by A. L. Bailey in a 1931 article, "The Analysis of Covariance,"
*Journal of the American Statistical Association*, **26**, 424-435.

[John Aldrich, based on David (2001).]

The term **COVARIANT** was coined by James Joseph Sylvester.
He used the term in 1851 in “On the general theory of associated algebraical forms,”
*Cambridge and Dublin Mathematical Journal.* According to a reader of this web page,
he introduced the term here.

Cayley at first used the term *hyperdeterminant* in this sense.

The term **COVARIANT DIFFERENTIATION** was introduced by Ricci
and Levi-Civita (Kline, page 1127). According to a reader of this page, it was introduced in the paper
“Sulla derivazione covariante ad una forma quadratica differenziale,” *Rend. Acc. Lincei,* 1887.

**COVARIATE.** When R. A. Fisher introduced the analysis of covariance he called the regression variable the
**concomitant variable.** In the 1940s the term **covariate** came into use for the
variable in that role: see e.g. *Biometrics*, **5**, (1949), p. 73. (*JSTOR* search)
More recently *covariate* has been detached from the analysis of covariance (and from the analysis of
experiments) to be used more broadly. It is now employed where independent
variable or exogenous variable or regressor might also be used. An early instance
of this usage is found in D. A. Sprott and John D. Kalbfleisch
"Examples of Likelihoods and Comparison with Point Estimates and Large Sample Approximations,"
*Journal of the American Statistical Association*, **64**, (1969), p. 477.
(*JSTOR* search)

See the entries COVARIANCE, DEPENDENT/INDEPENDENT VARIABLE, ENDOGENOUS/EXOGENOUS VARIABLE, REGRESSION.

The term **COVECTOR** was used in 1954 by two authors in two articles in
*Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde.*
They are D. van Dantzig, “On the geometrical representation of elementary physical
objects and the relations between geometry and physics”
and D. Struik, “On free and attached vectors in affine and metric space.”
Both articles are dedicated to J. A. Schouten.

**COVERING** (Belegung, from the verb Belegen = cover) was used by
Georg Cantor in his last works (1895-97) on set theory, as shown in
the following passage from Philip Jourdain’s translation
(*Contributions to the founding of the theory of transfinite
numbers,* Dover, 1915, p. 94):

By a "covering of the aggregate N with elements of the aggregate M," or, more simply, by a "covering of N with M," we understand a law by which with every element n of N a definite element of M is bound up, where one and the same element of M can come repeatedly into application. The element of M bound up with n is (...) called a "covering function of n". The corresponding covering of N will be called f (N).Curiously, at the end of his Introduction Jourdain says that

The introduction of the concept of "covering" is the most striking advance in the principles of the theory of transfinite numbers from 1885 to 1895, (...)Nevertheless, as everybody nowadays can see, a "covering of N with M" in Cantor’s terminology is just a function f : N -> M; and his "covering of N" is nothing more than the direct image of N under f - a concept which was introduced for the first time (at least, in a mathematically recognizable form) in Dedekind’s

**COXETER GROUP.** The term comes from the name
Donald Coxeter
(1907-2003). A survey book by James E. Humphreys,
*Reflection Groups and Coxeter Groups* (1990), includes
in its references a set of lecture notes written by Jacques T i t s
in 1961 and called *Groupes et Géométries de Coxeter.*
William C. Waterhouse provided this citation and believes the term
was introduced by T i t s.

The terms *groupes de Coxeter, matrice de
Coxeter, graphe de Coxeter,* and *nombre de Coxeter*
are found in 1968 in N. Bourbaki, *Groupes et algèbres de Lie*
[Heinz Lueneburg].

**CRAMÉR-RAO INEQUALITY** in the theory of statistical estimation. The inequality was obtained
independently by at least three authors in the 1940s. The name "Cramér-Rao
inequality" appears in Neyman & Scott (*Econometrica,* 1948) and
recognises the English language publications of
H. Cramér
(1946 *Mathematical Methods of Statistics*) and
C. R. Rao
(1945 *Bull. Calcutta Math. Soc.* **37**, 81-91). L. J. Savage (*Foundations of Statistics* 1954) drew
attention to the work of
M. Fréchet
(1943) and G. Darmois (1945) and "tentatively proposed" the impersonal term "information inequality."
However the name "Cramér-Rao inequality" has remained popular, though
the "Fréchet-Darmois-Cramér-Rao inequality" figures in some French
literature. [This entry contributed by John Aldrich, with some information from
David (1995).]

**CRAMÉR-VON MISES TEST.** The test was proposed by
Harald Cramér
“On the composition of elementary errors,” *Skandinavisk Aktuarietidskrift*, **11**, (1928), 13-74; 141-180 and independently by
Richard von Mises
*Vorlesungen aus dem Gebiete der angewandten Mathematik. Bd I Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und ihre Anwendung
in der Statistik und theoretischen Physik* (1931). For later
literature see Encyclopedia of Mathematics.

**CRAMER’S RULE** for solving a set of linear equations was given in the
*Introduction à l'analyse des lignes courbes algébraique* (1750) by
Gabriel Cramer.
T. Muir *The Theory of Determinants
in the Historical Order of Development* vol. 1 p. 15 quotes a passage from p. 291 of Bézout
"Recherches sur le degré des Équations résultantes de l'évanouissement
des inconnues, & sur les moyens qu'il convient d'employer pour trouver ces Équations".
*Histoire de l'Académie royale des sciences Ann. 1764*.
It begins "M. Cramer a donné une règle générale pour.."

Katz writes that the method was also described by
Colin Maclaurin
in the posthumous *Treatise of Algebra* (1748). See DETERMINANT.

The term **CRITERIA OF ESTIMATION** was used by Sir Ronald
Aylmer Fisher in his paper
"On
the Mathematical Foundations of Theoretical Statistics",
*Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society,* April 19, 1922. The
criteria were of consistency, efficiency and sufficiency.

See also ESTIMATION, CONSISTENCY, EFFICIENCY and SUFFICIENCY.

**CRITERION OF INTEGRABILITY** is found in 1816 in *Edin.
Rev.* XXVII: "The theorem, which is called the *Criterion of
Integrability*" (OED2).

The term **CRITERION OF SUFFICIENCY.** See SUFFICIENCY.

**CRITICAL POINT** is found in 1871 in *A General Geometry and Calculus*
by Edward Olney [University of Michigan Historic Math Collection].

The terms** CRITICAL REGION** and **BEST CRITICAL REGION**
were introduced in J. Neyman and E. S. Pearson’s
"On the
Problem of the Most Efficient Tests of Statistical
Hypotheses," *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
of London. Series A,* **231**. (1933), pp. 289-337.

*Unbiased critical region* appears
in J. Neyman and E. S. Pearson’s "Contributions to the Theory of Testing
Statistical Hypotheses,"* Statistical Research Memoirs,* **1**,
1-37. (David 2001.)

See also HYPOTHESIS AND HYPOTHESIS TESTING.

Since around 1940 **CRITICAL VALUE** has been used in Statistics
in a set way, illustrated by, "denote by *t*_{0}
the critical value of *t *corresponding to a chosen significance level."
This is from A Wald’s "The Fitting of Straight Lines if
Both Variables are Subject to Error," *Annals of Mathematical Statistics*,
**11**, (1940), p. 291. "Critical
value" was a natural development from the established term "critical region."

See CRITICAL REGION.

**CROSS PRODUCT** is found on p. 61 of *Vector Analysis, founded
upon the lectures of J. Willard Gibbs,* second edition, by Edwin
Bidwell Wilson (1879-1964), published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in
1909:

The skew product is denoted by a cross as the direct product was by a dot. It is written(This citation contributed by Lee Rudolph.)C = A X B

and read A

crossb. For this reason it is often called thecrossproduct.

**CROSS-RATIO.** According to Taylor (p. 257), *cross-ratio*
first appeared in *Elements of Dynamic, Part 1, Kinematic*
(1878), p. 42, by William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879). Clifford
wrote "The ratio ab.cd : ac.bd is called a *cross-ratio* of
the four points abcd ..."

See also ANHARMONIC RATIO, DOPPELVERHÄLTNISS.

**CROSS-VALIDATION.** M. Stone reviews earlier contributions in his “Cross-Validatory Choice
and Assessment of Statistical Predictions,” *Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, B*,
**36**, (1974), pp. 111-147. His
earliest reference to a publication in which the term “cross-validation” is
used is a 1951 Symposium “The Need and Means of Cross-validation,” *Educ. & Psychol. Measurement*,
**11**.

**CUBE.** At the start of Book XI of the *Elements* Euclid defines a χύβος
as* *“a solid figure contained by six equal squares.” See p. 425 of Fitzpatrick’s
Greek-English *Euclid*. Heron
used “hexahedron” for this purpose and used “cube” for any right parallelepiped
(Smith vol. 2, page 292). According to the *OED*,
the cube was originally a die for playing with.

The word went into Latin as *cubus* and then into French as *cube*.
For English the *OED* quotes from Trevisa’s 14^{th} century translation of *De Proprietatibus
Rerum*: “Suche a fygure is callyd Cubus” and Billingsley’s translation of Euclid (1571):
“A Cube is a solide or bodely figure contayned vnder sixe equall squares.”

The word “hexahedron” exists in English but is rare. The *OED* has a quotation from *A geometrical practise named Pantometria* by Leonard Digges (1571): “*Hexaedron* or *Cvbvs* is a solide figure, enclosed with sixe equall squares.”

**Cuboid** was introduced by R. B. Hayward in his *Elementary Solid Geometry* (1891):
“The need of some short word in the place of the polysyllabic
‘rectangular parallelepiped’ has been long felt. I have coined the word
‘cuboid’.” See the *Wikipedia* entries cube and
cuboid.

See the entry POLYHEDRON.

**CUBE ROOT** is found in English in 1648 in *Logarithmotechnia, or The construction and use of the
logarithmeticall tables. By the helpe whereof, multiplication is performed by addition, division by subtraction,
the extraction of the square root by bipartition, and of the cube root by tripartition, &c. Finally,
the golden rule, and the resolution of triangles as well right lined as sphericall by addition and substraction.
First published in the French tongue by Edmund Wingate, an English gentleman: and after translated into English
by the same author.* [James A. Landau]

The word **CUBOCTAHEDRON** was coined by Kepler, according to John
Conway.

**CUMULANT** was used by James Joseph Sylvester in *Phil.
Trans.* (1853) 1. 543: "The denominator of the simple algebraical
fraction which expresses the value of an improper continued fraction"
(OED2).

In statistics, **CUMULANT** is a contraction of *cumulative moment function*,
the term R. A. Fisher used when he first discussed these quantities in his
"Moments and Product
Moments of Sampling Distributions,"
*Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Series 2,* **30**,
(1929), 199-238. The explanation of the name is that the cumulative moment function
of a particular order is a function of moments of the same and lower orders.
Much of Fisher’s work had been anticipated by Thiele in 1889 and -99. See the
entry on SEMI-INVARIANT.

The term *cumulant* appeared in 1931 in R. A. Fisher and J. Wishart,
"The Derivation
of the Pattern Formulae of Two-Way Partitions
From Those of Simpler Patterns," *Proceedings of the London
Mathematical Society, Ser. 2,* **33**, p.195. Harold Hotelling (*J.
Amer. Stat Assoc.,* **28**, 1933, 374) reports that the abbreviation was
his idea. (David 2001).

In Fisher’s 1929 paper the logarithm of the moment generating
function, the "*K* function," generates cumulants. In 1931 Fisher called
this function the "cumulative function." In 1937 he
used the logarithm of the characteristic function and called *it* the cumulative
function: see E. A. Cornish and Fisher,
Moments and
Cumulants in the Specification of Distributions.
*Revue de l'Institut International de Statistique,* **5**, 307-320.
The name **cumulant generating function** appears in J. B. S. Haldane "The
First Six Moments of χ^{2} for an *n*-Fold Table with *n*
Degrees of Freedom when some Expectations are Small," *Biometrika*,
**29**, (1938), 389-391.

Hald (1998, chapter 17) describes how cumulant generating functions, like characteristic functions, had been used since the time of Laplace. [John Aldrich].

See CHARACTERISTIC FUNCTION (1), MOMENT and PROBABILITY GENERATING FUNCTION.

**CURL.** Although this term was coined by
Maxwell, it is believed that the
concept first occurs in an 1839 paper by
James MacCullagh entitled
“An essay towards a dynamical theory of crystalline reflexion and
refraction”
read to the Royal Irish Academy on December 9, 1839, and published in
*Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy,* vol 21.
The author introduces a potential function,
the norm of the curl of the displacement field,
to develop a theory for the transmission of light in homogeneous and
non-homogeneous media that is compatible with known properties of light,
in the process correcting one of the deficiencies in Fresnel’s theory.
His chief reason for this particular potential function is that it
forces the waves to be transverse.
The full paper can be found in the
*Collected Works* of J. MacC,
particularly pages 149-152, where the effect on the curl components of
an orthogonal transformation is considered.
This makes it clear that, although no compact notation for vectors had
yet been developed, the modern concept of a vector as a (covariant) tensor,
was well understood in the 1830s, and indeed much earlier. [This paragraph was contributed by Peter McCullagh.]

James Clerk Maxwell wrote the following letter to Peter Guthrie Tait on Nov. 7, 1870:

Dear Tait,In 1873 Maxwell wrote inWhat do you call this? Atled?

I want to get a name or names for the result of it on scalar or vector functions of the vector of a point.

Here are some rough-hewn names. Will you like a good Divinity shape their ends properly so as to make them stick?

(1) The result of applied to a scalar function might be called the slope of the function. Lamé would call it the differential parameter, but the thing itself is a vector, now slope is a vector word, wheras parameter has, to say the least, a scalar sound.

(2) If the original function is a vector then applied to it may give two parts. The scalar part I would call the Convergence of the vector function, and the vector part I would call the Twist of the vector function. Here the word twist has nothing to do with a screw or helix. If the word

turnorversionwould do they would be better than twist, for twist suggests a screw. Twirl is free from the screw notion and is sufficiently racy. Perhaps it is too dynamical for pure mathematicians, so for Cayley’s sake I might say Curl (after the fashion of Scroll). Hence the effect of on a scalar function is to give the slope of that scalar, and its effect on a vector function is to give the convergence and the twirl of that function. The result of^{2}applied to any function may be called the concentration of that function because it indicates the mode in which the value of the function at a point exceeds (in the Hamiltonian sense) the average value of the function in a little spherical surface drawn round it.Now if be a vector function of and

Fa scalar function of ,

Fis the slope ofF

V.Fis the twirl of the slope which is necessarily zero

S.F=^{2}Fis the convergence of the slope, which is the concentration ofF.

AlsoSis the convergence of

Vis the twirl of .Now, the convergence being a scalar if we operate on it with , we find that it has a slope but no twirl.

The twirl of is a vector function which has no convergence but only a twirl.

Hence,

^{2}, the concentration of , is the slope of the convergence of together with the twirl of the twirl of , the sum of two vectors.What I want to ascertain from you if there are any better names for these things, or if these names are inconsistent with anything in Quaternions, for I am unlearned in quaternion idioms and may make solecisms. I want phrases of this kind to make statements in electromagentism and I do not wish to expose either myself to the contempt of the initiated, or Quaternions to the scorn of the profane.

See VECTOR ANALYSIS.

**CURRIED FUNCTION.** According to *The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing*:

It was named after the logician Haskell Curry but the 19th-century formalist Frege was the first to propose it and it was first referred to in ["Uber die Bausteine der mathematischen Logik", M. Schoenfinkel, Mathematische Annalen. Vol 92 (1924)]. David Turner said he got the term from Christopher Strachey who invented the term "currying" and used it in his lecture notes on programming languages written circa 1967.

**CURVATURE.** Nicole Oresme assumed the existence of a measure of
twist called *curvitas.* Oresme wrote that the curvature of a
circle is "uniformus" and that the curvature of a circle is
proportional to the multiplicative inverse of its radius.

A translation of Isaac Newton in Problem 5 of his *Methods of
series and fluxions* is:

A circle has a constant curvature which is inversely proportional to its radius. The largest circle that is tangent to a curve (on its concave side) at a point has the same curvature as the curve at that point. The center of this circle is the "centre of curvature" of the curve at that point.

*Curvature* is found in English in 1698 in *Philosophical Transactions: Giving Some Account
of the Present Undertakings, Studies and Labours of the Ingenious in Many Considerable Parts of the World
Vol. XIX. For the Years 1695, 1696, and 1697*:
London: 1698
“. . .shews how it comes that spherical Surfaces produce the same effects with those of certain
Spheroids and Conoids, viz. because they have the same degree of Curvature.”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

*Curvature* appears in English in 1710 in *Lexicon technicum,
or an universal English dictionary of arts and sciences* by John
Harris, in which it is stated that "the Curvatures of different
Circles are to one another Reciprocally as their Radii" (OED1).

**CURVE FITTING** appears in a paper read in June 1901 by Karl Pearson,
"On
the Mathematical Theory of Errors of Judgment, with
Special Reference to the Personal Equation", *Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A,* **198**, (1902),
235-299. A footnote therein (p. 289) mentions a memoir on the "general
theory of curve fitting" to appear in *Biometrika*. This was Pearson’s
"On the Systematic Fitting of Curves to Observations and Measurements,"
*Biometrika*, **1**, (1902), pp. 265-303. [James A. Landau]

**CURVE OF PURSUIT.** The name *ligne de poursuite* "seems
due to Pierre Bouguer (1732), although the curve had been noticed by
Leonardo da Vinci" (Smith vol. 2, page 327).

The term **CW-COMPLEX** was introduced by J.H.C. Whitehead, “Combinatorial homotopy
I” *Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society*, **55**,
(1949), 213–245. “By a *CW-complex* we mean one which is
closure finite and has the weak topology.” (p. 223). Thus **CW** comes
from the first letters of the names for the two conditions, closure finiteness
and weak topology. See the *Encyclopedia of Mathematics* entry.

The term **CYBERNETICS** was coined by Norbert Wiener. In his book *Cybernetics* (1948, p.19) Wiener
explained, "We have decided to call the entire field of control and communication
theory, whether in the machine or in the animal, by the name *Cybernetics*,
which we form from the Greek , or
*steersman*. In choosing this term, we wish to recognize that the first
significant paper on feedback mechanisms is an article on governors, which was
published by Clerk Maxwell in 1866, and that *governor* is derived from
a Latin corruption of ." Wiener’s father was a philology professor.

**CYCLE** (in a modern sense) was coined by Edmond Nicolas
Laguerre (1834-1886).

**CYCLIC GROUP.** The term *cyclical group* was used by
Cayley in "On the substitution groups for two, three, four, five,
six, seven, and eight letters," Quart. Math. J. 25 (1891).

The term also appears in 1898 in *Introduction to the theory of
analytic functions* by J. Harkness and F. Morley: "Such a group is
called a *cyclic* group and *S* is called the generating
substitution of the group."

**CYCLIC PERMUTATION.** *Permutation circulaire* is found in
Cauchy’s 1815 memoir
"Sur le nombre des valeurs q'une fonction peut acquérir lorsqu'on permute de
toutes les manières possibles les quantités qu'elle renferme" (*Journal de
l'Ecole Polytechnique,* Cahier XVII = Cauchy’s *Oeuvres, Second series,* Vol.
13, pp. 64--96.) This usage was found by Roger Cooke, who believes this is the first
use of the term.

**CYCLIC QUADRILATERAL.** *Inscriptible polygon* is found in
about 1696 in Scarburgh, *Euclid* (1705): "Polygons do arise,
that are mutually with a Circle, or with one another Inscriptible and
Circumscriptible" (OED2).

*Inscribable* is found in the 1846 *Worcester* dictionary.

*Inscriptible quadrilateral* is found in 1857 in *Mathematical
Dictionary and Cyclopedia of Mathematical Science.*

*Cyclic quadrilateral* is found in 1888 in Casey, *Plane
Trigonometry* (OED2).

The **CYCLOID** was named by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
(*Encyclopaedia Britannica,* article: "Geometry"). According
to the website at the University of St. Andrews, he named it in 1599.

*Cycloid* is found in English in 1667 in *The History of the Royal-Society of London, For the Improving of Natural Knowledge*
by Tho. Sprat: “A *Discourse* of making the several *Vibrations*
of a *Pendulum aequal,* by making the weight of it move in *Cycloid* instead of a *Circle.*”
[Google print search, James A. Landau]

The word *cycloid* appears in *Moby Dick* by Herman Melville:
"It was in the left hand try-pot of the Pequod, with the soapstone diligently circling
round me, that I was first indirectly struck by the remarkable fact, that in geometry all
bodies gliding along the cycloid, my soapstone for example, will descend from any point
in precisely the same time."

**CYCLOTOMY** and **CYCLOTOMIC** were used by James Joseph Sylvester in his “On Certain
Ternary Cubic-Form Equations,” *American Journal of Mathematics*, (4),
(1879), p. 357 to translate the German word *Kreisteilung* (circle-division).
(*OED*).

**CYLINDER** is defined
in *Euclid* XI.
The Greek word went into Latin as *cylindrus* and thence
into French and English.

The earliest citation in the *OED* is
from 1570: Billingsley’s translation of the definition of Euclid, “A cylinder is
a solide or bodely figure which is made, when one of the sides of a rectangle
parallelogramme, abiding fixed, the parallelogramme is moued about.”