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 British mathematician and composer Delia Derbyshire lived in Coventry during the Blitz. Beth Holzer, Wired, "Sisters With Transistors Puts Women Back Into Music History," 7 May 2021 Where the applied mathematician fits the facts to our physical reality, Hardy dealt in abstractions. Max Carter, WSJ, "Defending the Beauty of Numbers," 7 May 2021 The Tufts University mathematician Moon Duchin, an expert on redistricting and gerrymandering, investigated potential districts in Massachusetts with sophisticated computer programs and detailed voter information. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Redistricting, rearview mirrors, Chauvin juror, COVID vaccines," 4 May 2021 Lander is a top geneticist, mathematician and biology professor at MIT and Harvard. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden's Cabinet picks and where they stand in Senate confirmation proceedings," 22 Jan. 2021 Based on the life of John Nash, a genius mathematician overcome by paranoid schizophrenia, Ron Howard’s movie is precious to a fault, despite Russell Crowe’s attempts to bring grit and authenticity to the role. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked," 26 Apr. 2021 In 1727, physicist, mathematician, and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London., "Today in History," 20 Mar. 2021 For users of data, such as academic researchers, the proximity of a center could be an advantage, said Thomas Peters, a computer scientist and mathematician at the University of Connecticut. Stephen Singer,, "Gov. Lamont signs bill providing long-term tax breaks for data centers in bid to lure high-tech industry to Connecticut," 9 Mar. 2021 In the 17th century, Napier, a Scottish mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, began looking for a simpler way to multiply very large numbers. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What's the Big Deal With Euler's Number?," 2 Mar. 2021

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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


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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