Faculty Advisor

Fehribach, Joseph D.


Mathematical notation is an essential tool for mathematics and sciences. However, the modern system contains a great number of variations and contingencies. This project sets out to explain such contingencies and provide a set of guidelines for good use of notation. We analyze current and historical mathematical notations, trace the developments of notations, and identify the various reasons that they fall in and out of favor. We device a theory to organize principles and analyze the interactions among them. Finally, we examine the validity of our model on several typical examples from modern mathematics and science.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

November 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences