Mathematicians are very precise.
They name things very precisely.
They spend years and years formulating theories, and in the end, they have this rigorous (and very nasty) thing to present to the world and other mathematicians.
They also have a habit of naming everything.
One thing that I’ve found confusing is the reason for use of the word ‘transcendental’ when talking about trigonometry, or more confusingly, the number e.
The number e is called a “transcendental number”. Why?
In common English, the word “transcendental” means:
- Beyond the relm and reach of the senses (i.e., something you simply can’t fully “get” or “grasp”) (sound like the right way to describe the number ‘e’?)
- Non-natural (in the ‘supernatural’ sense) – existing outside of or not in accordance with (the nature we know)