ALGOROLOGY

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What does it mean to be "radical"?

rad·i·cal /ˈradək(ə)l/
1: of, relating to, or proceeding from a root
2: departing sharply from the usual or ordinary

Word radical was formed from the Latin adjective radicalis, which simply meant "of or relating to a root." The Latin word radix meant "root." This meaning was kept when the word radicalis came into English as radical, but new senses developed too. Since a root is at the bottom of something, radical came to describe what is at the base or beginning, in other words, what is "basic, fundamental."

Later, radical was used to describe something that was extremely different from the usual. Then, as a noun radical came to be applied to a person who wants to make extreme or "radical" changes in the government or in society.

Mathematics
"Roots" (or "radicals") are the "opposite" operation of applyinwe can "undo" a power with a radical, and we can "undo" a radical with a power.

The first usage of "radical" term was seen in England in the mid 1600s. It was first used in a book called An Introduction to Algebra by John Pell.

Chemistry
In chemistry, radicals (often referred to as free radicals) are atomic or molecular species with unpaired electrons on an otherwise open shell configuration.These unpaired electrons are usually highly reactive, so radicals are likely to take part in chemical reactions.

Mathematics
"Roots" (or "radicals") are the "opposite" operation of applyinwe can "undo" a power with a radical, and we can "undo" a radical with a power.

The first usage of "radical" term was seen in England in the mid 1600s. It was first used in a book called An Introduction to Algebra by John Pell.