Descent may refer to:

In genealogy and inheritance:

  • Common descent, concept in evolutionary biology
  • Kinship and descent, one of the major concepts of cultural anthropology
    • Pedigree chart or family tree
    • Ancestry
    • Heritage
  • Phylogenetics
    • Tree diagram (disambiguation)
  • Inheritance (law and property)

In mathematics:

  • Infinite descent, a method going back to Fermat to solve Diophantine equations
  • Descent (category theory), an idea extending the notion of "gluing" in topology
  • Hadamard's method of descent, a technique for solving partial differential equations
  • Gradient descent, a first-order optimization algorithm going back to Newton
  • Descents in permutations, a classical permutation statistic in combinatorics

Other uses:

  • Descent (aircraft), the decrease of an aircraft in altitude during flight
  • Descent (font), the distance that a typeface descends below the baseline in typography

Read more about Descent:  As A Proper Name

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Descent Of The Ganges (Mahabalipuram)
... Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram, in the Tamil Nadu state of India, is one of a group of monuments that were designated as a World Heritage Site since 1984 ... depicted in the relief is the story of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens led by Bhagiratha ... The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna's Penance are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site ...
Descent - As A Proper Name
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Famous quotes containing the word descent:

    When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible—such descent I call beauty.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    “There is Hawthorne, with genius so shrinking and rare
    That you hardly at first see the strength that is there;
    A frame so robust, with a nature so sweet,
    So earnest, so graceful, so lithe and so fleet,
    Is worth a descent from Olympus to meet;
    James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)

    Genealogy. An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)