math·​e·​mat·​ics | \ ˌmath-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce mathematics (audio) , ˌma-thə- \

Definition of mathematics

1 : the science of numbers and their operations (see operation sense 5), interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space (see space entry 1 sense 7) configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations Algebra, arithmetic, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry are branches of mathematics.
2 : a branch of, operation in, or use of mathematics the mathematics of physical chemistry

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Recent Examples on the Web The first step is to understand that wormholes are totally legit in the mathematics of general relativity (GR). Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 18 May 2022 The problem, Ford stressed in 2011, was one of mathematics. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 16 May 2022 While the mathematics of those models remains largely impenetrable, the results offer an inroad to understanding. Quanta Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 The mathematics of fourth-down decisions run counter to conventional wisdom, which in turn runs counter to common sense. Mike Tanier, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 During the 1960s, British physicist Roger Penrose was in the midst of work on the mathematics of black holes and singularities that would later earn him the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, 23 Aug. 2021 Even the mathematics of outbreaks varies dramatically from case to case. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Last year, 16 students graduated with a degree in biology and only one with a degree in mathematics, Ambrose said. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 6 May 2022 From bad seafood canning practices in Bon Appetit videos, to moldy jam and abuse in restaurant kitchens, Rosenthal — who has a PhD in applied mathematics — provides audiences with thorough investigations while tirelessly seeking accountability. Extra Spicy Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mathematics

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mathematics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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math·​e·​mat·​ics | \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce mathematics (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematics

: the science that studies and explains numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them


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