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 It is named for Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician who is often regarded as the first computer programmer. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2021 Its fictionalized case studies expose the inner torments of Erwin Schrödinger, hobbled by illness and romantic obsession, and mathematician Alexander Grothendieck. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Some trace it to Leonhard Euler, an 18th-century Swiss mathematician. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 All these inequalities are summarized in Cichoń’s diagram, introduced by British mathematician David Fremlin in 1984 and named after his Polish colleague Jacek Cichoń. Martin Goldstern, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 For years, an Australian mathematician has been studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the era of the ancient Babylonians. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2021 The play involves two best friends, a biologist and a mathematician, and is rife with current social themes (the environment, immoral corporations) and metaphor (with the title referring not just to strong women but the plight of queen bees). Christopher Arnott,, 30 July 2021 The odds of doing that, a mathematician concluded, were 6,581,192-to-1. Mike Klingaman,, 29 June 2021 The Turing test was created in 1950 by Alan Turing, a British mathematician considered a founding father of artificial intelligence, to help determine whether a computer can demonstrate intelligent behavior similar to a person. Sharon Waters, Wired, 19 May 2021

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mathematician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of mathematician

: a specialist in mathematics

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