Etymology of Universe

This is from John D. Barrow’s “The Book of Universes.”

“The etymology of the word ‘universe’ can be traced back to the use of the Old French univers, in the twelfth century, which derives from the earlier Latin universum. This word is created from unus, meaning ‘one’, and ‘versus’, the past participle of the verb vertere, meaning ‘to turn, rotate, roll or change’. So we have a literal meaning of everything ‘turned into one’ or ‘rolled into one’.”

My interpretation of the etymology is:

universe = inverse of one


About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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