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NotationOriginatorEarliest known usage
Square 'tombstone' symbol (∎/□) for the end of a proof20th century
Equals sign (=)The Whetstone of Witte, 1557
Obelus (÷) for division, therefore symbol (∴)Teutsche Algebra, 1659
Vertical bars around the entries of a matrix for its determinant Cambridge Mathematical Journal, Vol. II, p. 267-271, 1841
Addition (+) and subtraction (-) signsBehende und hüpsche Rechenung auff allen Kauffmanschafft, 1489
f(x) for a function f of a variable xCommentarii Academiae Scientiarum Petropolitanae, 1734
Universal quantifier symbol (∀)Untersuchungen ueber das logische Schliessen, 1935
Big-O notation for asymptotic boundsAnalytische Zahlentheorie, 1894
Greek letter pi (π) for the constant 3.1415...Synopsis palmariorum mathesios, 1706
Nabla symbol (∇) for vectorial derivatives, etc.19th century
Infinity symbol (∞)De sectionibus conicis, 1655
Stylized Greek letter epsilon (∈) for 'is an element of'Arithmetices prinicipia nova methodo exposita, 1899
Multiplication symbol (×); plus-minus signClavis Mathematicae, published 1631
NotationOriginatorEarliest known usage
Exclamation mark (!) for factorialÉléments d'arithmétique universelle, 1808
Curly braces ({, }) for enclosing elements of setsEin Beitrag zur Mannifaltigkeitslehre, 1878
Square root/radical symbol (√)Die Coss, 1525
Empty set symbol (∅)Éléments de mathématique, 1939
Elongated 'S' (∫) for integralsAnalyseos tetragonisticae pars secunda, 1675
Curly d (∂) for partial derivativesMemoire sur la manière de distinguer les maxima des minima dans le Calcul des Variations, 1786
Prime (') notation for total derivativesThéorie des fonctions analytiques, 1797
Three horizontal lines (≡) for congruence of integersDisquisitiones arithmeticae, 1801
Perpendicularity sign (⊥)Cursus mathematicus, 1634
Vertical bars for the absolute value of x (|x|)Zur Theorie der Potenzreihen, 1841
Less than and greater than symbolsArtis Analyticae Praxis ad Aequationes Algebraicas Resolvenda, published 1631
Bra-ket notation (⟨| , |⟩) in physicsA New Notation for Quantum Mechanics, 1939

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