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Friday, November 19, 1999

Definitions for polymath

  1. 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 Gurney, Below the Convergence
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. Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius
Origin of polymath
Polymath is from Greek polymathes, "having learned much," from poly-, "much" + manthanein, "to learn."