EnglishEdit
EtymologyEdit
Calque of complex, by Hermann Weyl. Complex comes from the Latin complexus (“braided together”) (from com- (“together”) + plectere (“to weave, braid”)), while symplectic comes from the corresponding Ancient Greek sym-plektos (συμ (sym), variant of σύν (syn) + πλεκτικός (plektikós), from πλέκω (plekō)). In both cases the suffix comes from Proto-Indo-European *plek-.
Previously, the “symplectic group” had been called the “line complex group”.
AdjectiveEdit
symplectic (not comparable)
- (mathematics) Describing the geometry of differentiable manifolds equipped with a closed, nondegenerate 2-form
External linksEdit
- Symplectic on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
ReferencesEdit
- etymology of symplectic, by Murray Gell-Mann.
- The Symplectization of Science, Mark J. Gotay and James A. Isenberg, p. 13