Bet You Have No Idea What a Lemniscate Is!
In algebraic geometry, a lemniscate is any of several figure-eight shaped curves. The word comes from the Latin, “lēmniscātus” meaning “decorated with ribbons”, which may come from the ancient Greek island of Lemnos where ribbons were worn as decorations.
If you still don’t know what a lemniscate is (I admit I’m not much of a mathematician myself), know that you’re not alone. Christopher Middleton’s first reaction when his girlfriend mentions the word ‘lemniscate’ in my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, is “A lemon WHAT?”