Monday, 22 May 2017

λ | lambda

The Greek letter λ (lambda) was derived from the ancient Phoenician letter 𐤋 (lāmed) which meant “goad” (a cattle prod).

The lower-case letter λ has many uses in maths, engineering and sciences, including:

λ is also one of the international symbols for LGBT rights.

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2 comments:

  1. Not to forget lambda function i.e. anonymous function.

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    1. Hmmm... but does it actually use the symbol λ (as opposed to the word “lambda”)? I've added the λ-calculus though. Thanks!

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