# Definition:Multiplication/Historical Note

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## Historical Note on Multiplication

The symbol $\times$ for multiplication was invented by William Oughtred.

However, he was criticized by Leibniz, as it was in his view too similar to the letter $x$.

Leibniz himself preferred the symbol $\cdot$.

## Sources

- 1992: George F. Simmons:
*Calculus Gems*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text {A}.19$: Leibniz ($\text {1646}$ – $\text {1716}$) - 2008: Ian Stewart:
*Taming the Infinite*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $4$: Lure of the Unknown: Algebraic symbolism