On Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:03:45 +0100, "James Wilkinson Sword"
Post by James Wilkinson Sword Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by James Wilkinson Sword Post by GordonD Post by James Wilkinson Sword Post by GordonD
3) Do the math.
The only thing wrong with that is it should be maths. Do you object to
"do the maths"?
Not at all. That's my point.
Good. I've yet to convince an American that mathematics should be shortened to maths. Do they not understand plurals?
Where is there a plural? Do you say "Mathematics are the queens of science"?
It has an S on the end, it's plural.
"There are many branches of mathematics"
Do you think there's only one type?
I assume that the "s" at the end of your name "James" doesn't mean that
you are a collective rather than an individual?
Anyway, the OED says of the word "mathematics":
In early use always construed as a plural, and usually preceded by
"the". In modern use regarded as a mass noun, except when used of
1587 F. Thynne Ann. Scotl. 461/1 in Holinshed's Chron. (new ed.)
II A learned man in all philosophie, astronomie and the other
1697 J. Wallis in Peter Langtoft's Chron. (1725) I. Pref. 147
Mathematicks, (at that time..) were scarce looked upon as
1712 R. Bentley Let. in Corr. (1842) II. 449 Mathematicks was
brought to that height, that [etc.].
1726 Swift Gulliver I. i. i. 2 Navigation, and other Parts of
the Mathematicks, useful to those who intend to travel.
1755 Man No. 35. 3 Mathematics derives its accuracy..from logic.
1855 R. Browning Toccata of Galuppi's xiii, in Wks. (1894) VI. 76
You know physics, something of geology, Mathematics are your
1945 E. T. Bell Devel. Math. (ed. 2) i. 4 Without the strictest
deductive proof from admitted assumptions, explicitly stated as
such, mathematics does not exist.
1971 Times Lit. Suppl. 24
Dec. 1595/1 The proportion of women to
men, if our mathematics are correct, is 1:13.
Peter Duncanson, UK