American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person of great or varied learning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of various learning. Also polymathist.
- n. a person of great and varied learning
- First attested in 1624; from the Ancient Greek πολυμαθής (polumathēs, "having learnt much"), from πολύς (polus, "much") + μάθη (mathē, “learning”; from μανθάνω, manthanō “I learn”); compare opsimath, philomath, polyhistor, polymathic, polymathist, and polymathy, as well as the French polymathe. (Wiktionary)
- Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word "polymath" was invented for a man like Nathan Myhrvold, who earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics by age 23, studied with Stephen Hawking, made millions as Microsoft's chief technology officer, and has lectured on topics as diverse as barbecuing and paleontology.”
“Ireland used to call a "polymath," for he professed at one time or another, in various universities, logic, metaphysics, Greek, and finally natural history.”
“One of Fred Pawlicki's friends called him a "polymath," which is just a fancy way of saying he's a pretty smart guy who's done a lot of different things.”
“I would like to contribute a few more based on my book experience over the last year about what a next generation, "polymath" analyst firm should aim for”
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“The word "polymath" teeters somewhere between Leonardo da Vinci and Stephen Fry.”
“I thank them because if I was not the real homeowner they just stopped someone robbing my house. polymath”
“From my friend Henry Gee (whose highly recommended blog is The End of the Pier Show, the show in question being Henry's many lives as science editor, fiction and non-fiction book author, palaenotologist, SF supremo, polymath, father and Person Who Lives in Norfolk These Days): Ansible 240 (July 2007)”
“The same day's paper features a story "Is this a work of art or just any old iron?" about how the writer, broadcaster, doctor and polymath Sir Jonathan Miller asked a passing scrap metal merchant to remove a rusting bath from his front garden -- only to find his three metal sculptures had also been over-enthusiastically taken.”
“Henry is a polymath: an erudite palaeontologist as well as author, editor and science-fiction buff.”
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