number theory

noun

Definition of number theory

: the study of the properties of integers

Other Words from number theory

number theoretic adjective
number theorist noun

Examples of number theory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Galois groups can also be used to study various mathematical objects in algebra and number theory in ways that open up solutions to problems that aren’t otherwise available. Quanta Magazine, 3 Aug. 2021 Dance can be used to help teach number theory, visual arts to improve reading comprehension. oregonlive, 8 Nov. 2021 Havens had dropped out of high school, but discovered his fascination with mathematics shortly after starting his 2011 sentence and began teaching himself number theory—the study of integers and their patterns. Evelyn Lamb, Popular Mechanics, 23 Feb. 2021 Recently Goins, whose research focuses on number theory and algebraic geometry, has been part of a team working to update the Web site Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, also known as the MAD Pages. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 Professor du Sautoy’s research focuses on number theory, utilizing a wide range of topics such as model theory, algebraic geometry, and analytic methods. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The first is an interesting curiosity in recreational number theory, while the second is a universal constant central to many chaotic phenomena in the real world. Quanta Magazine, 28 May 2021 Cryptography is the preservation of information via math and numbers, and an extension of number theory. Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2021 The first, called covering systems or covering congruences, was invented by Erdős in 1950 to solve a different problem in number theory. Quanta Magazine, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of number theory

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Number theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/number%20theory. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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