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symplectic

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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 (sum), variant of σύν (sún) + πλεκτικός (plektikós), from πλέκω (plékō)). 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)

  1. (mathematics) Describing the geometry of differentiable manifolds equipped with a closed, nondegenerate 2-form

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