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

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Famous quotes containing the word descent:

    My life has been one long descent into respectability.
    Mandy Rice-Davies (b. 1944)

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

    In the world of the celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth.
    C. Wright Mills (1916–1962)