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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Her father, Leo, was a noted mathematician, and her mother, Frances (Levinson) Zippin, taught English in New York City public schools. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Nina Baym, Who Brought Novels by Women to Light, Dies at 82," 22 June 2018 My mother’s father was Max Born, a physicist and mathematician who received a Nobel Prize for developing quantum mechanics. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Grease’ Star Olivia Newton-John Began as Hopelessly Devoted to a Singing Career," 2 Apr. 2019 In the 1840s, mathematician Urbain Le Verrier analyzed the planet’s orbit and concluded that the irregularities were caused by another, as-yet-undiscovered planet messing with Uranus gravitationally. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About Planet Nine," 9 Mar. 2019 Seen here with fellow mathematician Charles Pugh, Cartwright combined previous equations to solve scattered radio frequencies. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Virginia Apgar, the pioneer of neonatal health," 7 June 2018 This year, Duke University Professor Ingrid Daubechies—one of the most accomplished mathematicians of our time and the first woman to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics in 2000—is the North American Laureate. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "L'Oréal Honors Mathematician Ingrid Daubechies for Her Contributions to the STEM Field," 14 Mar. 2019 Nearly 30 years ago, a mathematician and a psychologist teamed up to explore one of life’s enduring mysteries: What makes some marriages happy and some miserable? Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Math Behind Successful Relationships," 8 Feb. 2019 In 1927 the mathematician Emil Artin proved that Hilbert’s conjecture is true. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars," 26 May 2018 In a new paper in Physical Review Letters, mathematicians at New York University's Applied Math Lab have fine-tuned the recipe for the perfect bubble even further based on similar experiments with soapy thin films. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s now an even more precise “recipe” for blowing the perfect bubble," 2 Sep. 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 How to pronounce mathematician (audio) \

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