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 Jemison wrote in a February 2020 New York Times opinion piece following the death of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations of orbital mechanics were a tremendous aid during the first space flights in the 1960s. Dana Dovey, Marie Claire, "Why Is Space Still So White?," 16 Apr. 2020 But Abraham Wald, a renowned mathematician/statistician, said the vulnerable place wasn’t where all the bullet holes were on the returning planes. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Scott Burns: Virus testing and the long journey to herd immunity," 5 Apr. 2020 Dyson, who died on Friday, at the age of ninety-six, was a mathematician and theoretical physicist by training, but became best known to most Americans as a writer. David Kaiser, The New Yorker, "Freeman Dyson’s Letters Offer Another Glimpse of Genius," 5 Mar. 2020 Largely unknown today, Bourbaki is likely the last mathematician to master nearly all aspects of the field. David Gunderman, The Conversation, "Nicolas Bourbaki: The greatest mathematician who never was," 7 Dec. 2019 The German mathematician Hermann Minkowski — one of Einstein’s former teachers — described the resulting four-dimensional entity: While space and time are relative, intervals in space-time are absolute. Quanta Magazine, "Arrows of Time," 5 May 2020 The epidemiologists, the mathematicians, the local fire and police officials, the people at every level of government were looking for the latest information. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Sit this week out at home if you can," 7 Apr. 2020 The project’s main donor is James Simons, the noted mathematician and billionaire who founded Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund company. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD gets $20M gift to operate Simons Observatory in Chile to explore early universe," 9 July 2019 And the 55-year-old applied mathematician is now paying a steep price for that neglect. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Georgia Tech researcher pays a high price for mismanaging an NSF grant," 29 Apr. 2020

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mathematician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mathematician

: a person who is an expert in mathematics


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: a specialist in mathematics

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