One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a map or a mathematical mapping) preserving the correct angles between directions within small areas (though distorting distances).
- ‘He also worked on conformal mappings and potential theory, and he was led to study boundary value problems for partial differential equations and the theory of various functionals connected with them.’
- ‘He is also known for applications of the kernel function to conformal mappings.’
- ‘He worked on geodesy but became interested in conformal map projections where he invented a quincuncial map projection using elliptic functions.’
- ‘His doctoral thesis is an important contribution to conformal mappings of multiply connected plane domains.’
- ‘He also obtained important results on conformal mappings showing that angles were preserved on the boundary almost everywhere.’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘conformable’): from late Latin conformalis, from con- ‘together’ + formalis ‘formal’. The current sense was coined in German.
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