Re: Turned Capital letter L (pointing to the left, with serifs)

From: Asmus Freytag (t) <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 08:54:18 -0800
On 1/4/2016 7:49 AM, Michael Everson wrote:
Looks like a candidate character for encoding. I’m sure I have some examples of good font designs for the old character in one of my books. 

Admitting that a Greek letter inherently makes more sense than an "et" as a variable name, I would still need to understand why "pi" would make a sensible mnemonic choice for the variable in Gauss' treatise, before being confident that we've made the correct identification. The more so, as the use of non-cursive pi for "perihelion" in the same work is clearly mnemonic.


On 4 Jan 2016, at 15:38, Raymond Mercier <> wrote:

The sign described as like 7 is surely a cursive form of π. The form used by Gauss (Disquisitio de elementis ellipticis Palladis) is much the same as that shown in manuals of Greek Palaeography as a cursive π. This is given by E.P. Thompson in two works, An Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography, Oxford, 1912, p.83, and  A Handbook of Greek and Latin Palaeography, Chicago, 1975, p. 95.
Raymond Mercier
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