math·​e·​ma·​ti·​cian | \ˌmath-mə-ˈti-shən, ˌma-thə-\

Definition of mathematician 

: a specialist or expert in mathematics

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Audin, a French communist mathematician, was arrested in 1957 by the French military during the battle of Algiers. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "France's Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war," 13 Sep. 2018 Yet none of this is to say that Schwartz is anything but a serious and accomplished mathematician. Kevin Hartnett, Scientific American, "The Hidden Depth in Math’s Simple Puzzles," 17 Jan. 2018 As the future of the traditional Berber region by Mount Boutmezguida floundered, a mathematician whose family came from the area had a eureka moment gleaned from living overseas – using fog to make water. The Christian Science Monitor, "Fog catchers turn mist into water in the Moroccan mountains," 17 May 2018 For example, for a 2013 AI paper on data analysis, a mathematician from outside computer science noted errors in a proof, and shared an idea to fix them. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Why are AI researchers boycotting a new Nature journal—and shunning others?," 17 May 2018 Aaron in for Adam, contemplating computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing’s famous conjecture to test whether a machine could think. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Deciding Whether To Fear or Celebrate Google's Mind-Blowing AI Demo," 10 May 2018 The book is based on the true story of 18th-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who overcame opposition by her parents and teachers to study mathematics and went on to solve a problem that male teachers had said was impossible. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Deadline Extended For Twain House's Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest," 27 June 2018 Mr Fajardo, a mathematician who helped transform Medellín from a crime capital into a mecca of cool, promises political renewal. The Economist, "Colombians hope for change in the first post-war presidential election," 26 May 2018 Chartier is one of several mathematicians and statisticians who turn their focus to college basketball this time of the year, crafting models, methods and algorithms designed to beat — or at least shrink — the odds. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament: How mathematicians use models to beat (or at least improve) the odds," 12 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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: a specialist in mathematics

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