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A person of great or varied learning.

[Greek polumathēs : polu-, poly- + manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots.]

pol′y·math′, pol′y·math′ic adj.
po·lym′a·thy (pə-lĭm′ə-thē) n.
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Alina Payne's own essay shows examples of closely written and illustrated pages of the notebooks of her subject, the Sienese mathematician, medic, architect, and philologist Teofilo Gallaccini, in which his polymathic mind is witnessed in sketched analogues between the eye and the movement of celestial bodies, the spine and the structure of boats, human anatomy, and the mechanics of pulleys.
His inheritance of intellectual precision was complemented by the influence of his polymathic Anglesey relation, Lewis Morris (1701-65), whose circle pioneered a Welsh cultural renaissance.
Its leader, Astro Teller, whose business card reads "Captain of Moonshots,'' is a polymathic computer scientist who moonlights as a novelist and used to manage a hedge fund.
Taken on its own terms, The Human Age is a dazzling achievement: immensely readable, lively, polymathic, audacious.
45) One of the great polymathic minds of his era, AN I-Fadl was a passionate devotee of all of the branches of Greek sciences, from philosophy, science, astronomy, and medicine to the mechanics of siege engines, and had attained notoriety for his knowledge of them; (46) under his patronage Rayy reached its zenith as a center of study in many of these fields.
In traversing these waters, what gradually reveals itself is the seemingly polymathic ability possessed by Adorno.
So too does Said often speak of Lukacs in an affiliative register, praising his antinomian boldness, strength in opposition, and deep unease with his time, fighting unfashionable battles in much the way that Vico had on the southern periphery of Europe, addressing a Zeitgeist drawn to the pretensions of "science" in frankly political language mediated by a polymathic intelligence in a literary idiom, and with the same generalist appetites.
As an experienced writer on esoterica, a biographer of Jung, Swedenborg, and Rudolph Steiner, and a founding member of seminal New Wave band Blondie, author Gary Lachman is well qualified to describe a life of polymathic interests and abundant self-invention.
The alphabetized compendium 1740, Un Abrege du Monde: Savoirs et collections autour de Dezallier d'Argenville (1740, A Summary of the World: Knowledge and Collections in the Time of Dezallier d'Argenville; Fage Editions) undertakes such an enterprise, offering entries on a range of ideas, images, people, and things associated with the polymathic connoisseur and collector Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville (16801765).
In his polymathic text called Science and Sanity, Korzybski (2000) introduced the world to non-Aristotelian systems and general semantics.
I have been in Washington 16 years, Bob is the personification of the kind of silo busting polymathic energy which says, I am not just interested in international economics, I am not just interested in international relations, I am not just a U.
More recently, the polymathic Jaroslav Pelikan wrote his own Idea of a University: A Reexamination (1994), in which he sought both to appreciate Newman's contribution to liberal studies, and to reconcile it with the German model embraced by contemporary research universities.