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First use of corner quotes for Gödel numbers

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Why did Sylvester Gates choose the name Adinkra?

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Why are $X$ and $Y$ commonly used as mathematical placeholders?

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

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What is the S notation in Student's The Probable Error of a Mean?

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Greater-than symbol in Byrne's *The Elements of Euclid*

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History of italicising variables and mathematical formatting in general

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Why isn't the symbol for Beryllium 'B' rather than 'Be'?

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

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

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Why is $T_{\mu\nu}$ the Standard Notation for the Stress-Energy-Momentum Tensor

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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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