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

Examples of mathematician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Huang introduces the crowd to the next-generation Blackwell chip, named after mathematician David Blackwell, who is also the first Black scholar inducted into the National Academy of Science. Britney Nguyen, Quartz, 18 Mar. 2024 After all, Russell Crowe plays Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash in the 2001 film, A Beautiful Mind, but nobody would claim that the better his acting performance, the more impressive his mathematical skills must be. Will Henshall, TIME, 19 Jan. 2024 The mathematician, now 72 years old, has followed a similar approach to his own life. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 The first calculation of pi was done by Archimedes, a legendary mathematician of the ancient world, in the centuries leading up to the common era. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 14 Mar. 2024 Math jokes for National Pi Day 2024 Some good math jokes for Pi Day include: Q: What is a mathematician's favorite snake? Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 12 Mar. 2024 Greg the engineer, and Bill the mathematician, came across Sallie Mead’s story in 2022. Erica Huang, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 In January 2023, Gilmer became the first Black woman mathematician to be added to the Manuscript Division. Taima Kern, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 But in 1995, the applied mathematician Peter Shor discovered a clever way to store quantum information. Ben Brubaker, WIRED, 17 Mar. 2024

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Mathematician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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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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