math·​e·​ma·​ti·​cian | \ ˌmath-mə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce mathematician (audio) , ˌma-thə- \

Definition of mathematician

: a specialist or expert in mathematics

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Recent Examples on the Web The legendary mathematician John Horton Conway, who died in April of COVID-19, took a childlike delight in inventing puzzles and games. Quanta Magazine, "Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway," 15 Oct. 2020 Her exceptional work as a mathematician guided the 1961 mission on which Alan B. Shepherd became the first American in space. National Geographic, "She helped send Apollo to the moon. Now she’s receiving the same medal the astronauts accepted 51 years ago," 8 Oct. 2020 In 1936 German mathematician Kurt Mahler proposed an infinite number of them. Jean-paul Delahaye, Scientific American, "For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42," 21 Sep. 2020 Penrose, then a young mathematician with a keen interest in astrophysics, was in an optimal position to help scientists stymied by the math. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Nobel Prize Work Took Black Holes from Fantasy to Fact," 8 Oct. 2020 In tonight’s Daily Edition, watch for our story about why a new textbook with Iran's leading female mathematician on the cover is being circulated by parents. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: How Judge Barrett shapes US election," 28 Sep. 2020 There's also Federico Ardila, a Colombian mathematician currently teaching at San Francisco State University, who is known for his work to diversify the field of mathematics. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why Hundreds of Mathematicians Are Boycotting Predictive Policing," 20 July 2020 But there’s a key difference between the work of a mathematician and the work of a novelist: Mathematics has its roots in notions like geometry and measurement, which are very much tied to the physical world. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Is Math?," 23 Sep. 2020 The symmetry of the numbers appealed to him as a mathematician. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Still Sharansky," 21 Sep. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mathematician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mathematician

: a person who is an expert in mathematics


math·​e·​ma·​ti·​cian | \ ˌma-thə-mə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce mathematician (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematician

: a specialist in mathematics

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