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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Can a mathematician also be an accomplished storyteller? Julia M. Klein,, "The Catherine Chung equation: math + identity = elegant novel," 21 June 2019 Brooks reached out to Thomas Kurtz, a Dartmouth mathematician who created BASIC with the late John Kemeny, and Dartmouth itself to get the conversation started on the marker. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Hampshire Is First State to Install Highway Marker to Computer Programming," 20 June 2019 Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey, sensing an opportunity to gain an edge with a dedicated mathematician in the front office, had hired him in the ’40s. Emma Baccellieri,, "How Major League Baseball Adopted the Save—and Changed the Game Forever," 4 June 2019 Maurice Audin, a mathematician who died in French military custody. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "France Acknowledges Torture During Algerian War," 13 Sep. 2018 Barry Wright appealingly puts awkward physical movements and vocal tremors to good use as a young mathematician. Matthew J. Palm,, "Actors, not soundtrack, put the emotion in 'Proof'," 10 Mar. 2018 Some, such as mathematician Katherine Johnson—who hand-calculated the details of the trajectory of the flight that would make Glenn the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962—stayed behind the scenes. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 Renowned for its wines, Samos was the birthplace of the mathematician Pythagoras and the philosopher Epicurus. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "On a Greek Island That Welcomed Migrants, Residents and Refugees Feel Abandoned," 13 June 2019 One hundred years ago, the English mathematician, astronomer and physicist Arthur Eddington led an expedition to the west coast of Africa, to best view the major solar eclipse of May 29, 1919. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Light Falls’ Reviews: Looking to the Stars," 23 May 2019

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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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: a specialist in mathematics

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