Theorema Egregium – rank theorem

 

 

Egregious and rank both (can) mean conspicuously bad, as in egregious behavior and rank treachery.

 

However the etymology of egregious shows that it originally meant conspicuously good!  It is this original meaning Gauss intended when he named his result the Theorema Egregium.

 

A final note:  The “rank theorem” is more commonly (but not exclusively) known as the “rank nullity theorem”.

 

Etymology Sources: (search on egregious)

http://www.etymonline.com/

http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theorema_Egregium

 

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GausssTheoremaEgregium.html

 

 

 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rank-nullity_theorem

 

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Rank-NullityTheorem.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rank_%28linear_algebra%29