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Example:

Now, if you picked up the book and looked through it, the first thing you'd notice is that it was presented in the imposing format that the ancient mathematician Euclid had used in his famous book on geometry. You know, the one we all learned in high school. Lots of definitions, propositions, corollaries—that sort of thing. It looked like a book on mathematics. Many of the problems and their proofs were very complicated. Newton had, in fact, invented a new mathematical technique—

the calculus—to help him solve the difficult problems he was addressing. But he didn't usecalculusin the book. He presented his conclusions in the traditional geometrical form of his day so that he'd be understood.

This is an excerpt from a video course on the history of science. The lecturer first says **the calculus** and then drops the article and says just **calculus**. Well, I know that generally you don't place any articles in front of *calculus* when you use that word when you mean *calculus* as a branch of mathematics but he did. What gives?

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I think it is "2: Used to point forward to a following qualifying or defining clause or phrase". http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/the

– Santi Santichaivekin – 2014-09-07T06:41:01.723More than one calculus exists: https://www.google.com/search?q=The+Calculus+of A handful of those are actually mathematical (calculus of variations, for example, or Boolean calculus)

– Ben Voigt – 2014-09-07T19:35:55.487