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

Definition of mathematician

: a specialist or expert in mathematics

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The titular Isaac Severy, a 79-year-old mathematician, starts the ball rolling with his apparent suicide—by electrocution in his Jacuzzi, no less. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 In fact, Cornell University mathematician Steven Strogatz co-authored a 2005 Nature paper with McRobie and two others that modeled the dynamics of the Millennium Bridge as a weakly damped and driven harmonic oscillator. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 Nathaniel is a scientist who worked on rockets for the US government, while Elma is a mathematician who served as a WASP during the Second World War. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The Lady Astronaut novels are an enthralling alternate history of the space race," 22 Aug. 2018 Abbas Edalat, a computer scientist and mathematician at Imperial College London, was reportedly arrested earlier this month by the Revolutionary Guard, which has detained several dual-nationals in recent years. Fox News, "Iran confirms arrest of British-Iranian professor," 29 Apr. 2018 These are all real articles, published in real, scholarly journals written by a group of three people — magazine editor Helen Pluckrose, mathematician James Lindsay, and philosopher Peter Boghossian. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The controversy around hoax studies in critical theory, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 Writing to his friend, the mathematician Benedetto Castelli, Galileo first outlined his rejection of Church dogma and its overbearing influence on the Copernican theory that Earth revolved around the sun. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Newfound Galileo Letter Suggests He Lied to Dupe the Church and Avoid Persecution," 25 Sep. 2018 In 2005, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the University of Alexandria, where ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes studied. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ptolemic-Era Black Granite Sarcophagus Discovered in Alexandria," 5 July 2018 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

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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


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: a specialist in mathematics

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