This dictionary is one of a series designed for use in schools. It is intended for students of mathematics, but we hope that it will also be helpful to other science students and to anyone interested in science. Facts On File also publishes dictionaries in a variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, forensic science, marine science, physics, space and astronomy, and weather and climate.
The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics was first published in 1980 and the third edition was published in 1999. This fourth edition of the dictionary has been extensively revised and extended. The dictionary now contains over 2,000 headwords covering the terminology of modern mathematics. A totally new feature of this edition is the inclusion of over 800 pronunciations for terms that are not in everyday use. A number of appendixes have been included at the end of the book containing useful information, including symbols and notation, symbols for physical quantities, areas and volumes, expansions, derivatives, integrals, trigonometric formulae, a table of powers and roots, and a Greek alphabet. There is also a list of Web sites and a bibliography. A guide to using the dictionary has also been added to this latest version of the book.
We would like to thank all the people who have cooperated in producing this book. A list of contributors is given on the acknowledgments page. We are also grateful to the many people who have given additional help and advice.