1%homeless wrote:Ok, I was looking up lambda calculus
Oooh, Lambda, the Ultimate Calculus! (Sorry, insider computer geek joke.)
1%homeless wrote:(damn you William) and I don't understand why this never caught my curiosity until now, but where in the world did the B in Lambda come from? Google is no help other than some blogger ranting about it's ancient correctness. Modern Greek pronunciation gives no clue either... I understand the whole double labial thing, but I am suspicious of the spelling reflecting any real world phonetic influence.
Wikipedia has this, supposedly cribbed from Smyth: "The ancient Grammarians and dramatists attest to a pronunciation of /laːbdaː/ (λάβδα) in classical times."
If correct, this begs the alternate question, "Where in the world did the μ in Lambda come from?"
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