Check out the new blog article by Katie Steckles, where she looks at some of the various ways in which mathematics uses the term normal.

In mathematics, we often use terminology that has a precise meaning, but many terms are used outside of mathematics too – sometimes with a totally different meaning. One word which has received more abuse than many in mathematics is the word normal. Chambers’ Dictionary defines it as ‘regular, typical, ordinary’ and ‘not deviating from the standard’; but in mathematics we use it for several things, only some of which fit with this definition. In her latest blog article, Katie Steckles examines some of the various uses of the term ‘normal’ in mathematics.

Check it out here: HLFF Blog 

Image caption: Bell curves showing a normal distribution.