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number theory

noun Mathematics.
  1. the study of integers and their relation to one another.
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Origin of number theory

First recorded in 1910–15
Also called theory of numbers.
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Historical Examples

  • With the further development of the number-theory Pythagoreanism becomes entirely arbitrary and without principle.

    A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

    W. T. Stace

British Dictionary definitions for number theory

number theory

  1. the study of integers, their properties, and the relationship between integers
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