Friday, November 19, 1999
polymath noun [POL-ee-math] A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
Definitions for polymath
- A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
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Citations for polymath
A century after Aristotle, in 240 B.C., a brilliant polymath, Eratosthenes, is appointed chief librarian of the Museum at Alexandria--the most cosmopolitan city and center of learning in the Mediterranean world.
Alan Kay, for instance, one of the wizards of PARC and now an Apple fellow, is a polymath accomplished in math, biology, music, developmental psychology, philosophy, and several other disciplines.
Origin of polymath
Polymath is from Greek polymathes, "having learned much," from poly-, "much" + manthanein, "to learn."