mathematician

noun

math·​e·​ma·​ti·​cian ˌmath-mə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce mathematician (audio)
ˌma-thə-
: a specialist or expert in mathematics

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But realistically, [the Columbia University mathematician] Aise Johan de Jong writes nearly all of it. Quanta Magazine, 22 Nov. 2022 In fact, figuring this out falls under Ramsey theory, named after the British mathematician Frank Ramsey (1903–1930), who died at the tragically young age of 26. Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2022 Named after British mathematician Ada Lovelace, who is known as the first computer programmer, Ai-Da relies on artificial intelligence (A.I.) to function. Molly Enking, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology meteorologist and mathematician gave us the chaos theory and posited that there is an inherent limit of predictability. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 Hipparchus worked as a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician during the decades between 162 and 127 BCE. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 30 Oct. 2022 Study co-author Clemente Fernandez Arias, an ecologist and mathematician at the Spanish National Research Council, tells the Guardian that more research needs to be done to develop the discovery into a tangible way to combat plastic pollution. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Oct. 2022 Later, the ship was renamed again to the Nathaniel Bowditch, a tribute to the famous American mathematician and military ocean navigator. Hannah Selinger, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 John Mauchly, Herman Goldstine and J. Presper Eckert Jr.—a physicist, a mathematician and an engineer—began to work together on a project using vacuum tubes and electricity, developing what eventually became the hardware of the 80-foot ENIAC. Priscilla Montgomery Jensen, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mathematician was in the 15th century

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“Mathematician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mathematician. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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mathematician

noun

math·​e·​ma·​ti·​cian ˌmath-(ə-)mə-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce mathematician (audio)
: a specialist or expert in mathematics

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