number theory

noun

: the study of the properties of integers
number theoretic adjective
number theorist noun

Examples of number theory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maynard explained the number theory side of the story to him over lunch and gave him a test case to work with. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 15 July 2024 Zhang worked single-handedly on the twin prime conjecture for years—number theory was not actually part of his research area. Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 7 June 2024 The first element of Weil’s Rosetta stone was number theory, the charismatic heart of mathematical inquiry for millennia. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 6 May 2024 Finite fields are a place where number theory and geometry begin to blend. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for number theory 

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of number theory was in 1853

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“Number theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/number%20theory. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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