poly·​math | \ˈpä-lē-ˌmath \

Definition of polymath 

: a person of encyclopedic learning

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polymath or polymathic \ˌpä-​lē-​ˈma-​thik \ adjective
polymathy \pə-​ˈli-​mə-​thē, ˈpä-​lə-​ˌma-​thē \ noun

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This particular episode tells the story of Giordano Bruno, an Italian polymath who believed the universe was infinite. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Beyond Carl Sagan: the All-New Cosmos at NYCC 2013," 13 Oct. 2013 But this show is curated by the polymath artist Theaster Gates, and his goal is more about capturing and trying to share the feeling of the Johnson Publishing style than cramming the visitor’s head with facts, figures and cultural talking points. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Johnson Publishing' exhibit shows off company's design flair — without a plexiglass museum case," 5 July 2018 Various times, various locations Tue 5/22: Quintron’s Weather Warlock and Chicago polymath Bruce Lamont come together for a night of sonic witchcraft and wizardry. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This The Sea and Cake and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 21 May 2018 Google honored Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz with a Google Doodle Sunday (July 1) on what would've been the German philosopher, mathematician and polymath's 372nd birthday. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's 372nd Birthday," 1 July 2018 What more explicitly American figure ever has existed than the polymath Mr. F.? Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Confounding questions of fathers and sons in 'Franklinland'," 17 Jan. 2018 Horowitz, aptly described on his website as a polymath, is that and more. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Word Is Murder' is Anthony Horowitz at his ambitious best," 15 June 2018 The Congolese polymath Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948-2015) wasn’t shy about his greatness. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Fantastical Cityscapes of Cardboard and Glue at MoMA," 31 May 2018 The paintings of this Italian polymath have long been overshadowed by the brilliant work of his older brother, Giorgio de Chirico. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of polymath

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polymath

Greek polymathēs very learned, from poly- + manthanein to learn — more at mathematical

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English Language Learners Definition of polymath

: someone who knows a lot about many different things

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