Math Symbols

We use math symbols to express complex mathematical texts in a shorter form.

=   replaces   “is equal to

+ replaces “and

×   replaces   “multiplied by

. . . .

There are many Greek symbols like   π ∑   and special symbols like   √ ∞ ∈   in mathematics.

John David Walters explains where math symbols come from in the video:

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THE MOST IMPORTANT MATH SIGN

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A discussion on LinkedIn group «Math, Math Education, Math Culture» includes a simple question:

« What is the most important math sign (symbol) ? »

The question is vague, so everybody can differently interpret it.

There were more than 30 comments.

The proposals include:

0   1 +  =  ! …  <  * pi f(x) “all of them”

The several people mentioned “equals” sign (=).

Robert Recorde (1512–1558), a Welsh physician and mathematician introduced the modern “equals” sign (=) in 1557.

We can simplify something (2 + 3 = 5) or complicate the things (5 = 4 + 1) by using the sign. 

It is also my favorite.