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First use of "Spur" (trace) for linear maps / matrices

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Why are the symbols E, F, G, L, M, and N used for the coefficients of the fundamental forms?

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Why did I learn to write the base of the logarithm differently from the rest of the world?

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Has a digit ever been used to represent the number "10"?

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What is the earliest use of the $\perp\!\!\!\!\perp$ symbol in statistics to denote statistical independence?

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Why is electric potential denoted by $\phi$?

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Why is this notation used to define points in (elementary) analytic geometry?

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When did physicists begin using the symbol $G$ for Newton's gravitational constant?

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Why is the ring of algebraic integers denoted by $\mathcal O_K$?

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Question from Whiteside V. 1 - what did Newton mean by a:b :: c:d notation?

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Origin of the special Finnish notation for difference of antiderivative

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Was the concept of zero ever developed without relation to positional number systems?

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How long has the order of priority of arithmetical operations been widely taught in high schools?

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Old square bracket notation for units

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