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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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That kind of economising is called bounded rationality, a term coined by polymathic social scientist Herbert Simon, himself a recipient of the econ Nobel.
Imagine my shame when confronted with an electronic device hiding the menu that required the combined skills and patience of the charming Christina -- our wine waitress -- and the polymathic companion, who was cruelly dismissive of my incompetence.
With the square closed to automobile traffic, the local community board nurtured an open-source and bottom-up redesign into a park, enlisting neighbourhood designers coordinated by the polymathic playwright Robert Nichols.
He had his faults, of course, but his example of purpose, polymathic achievement, and patriotism helps us imagine a better, nobler nation.
A renaissance type of individual, with a polymathic set of skills, is needed to move enterprises to the data-driven era.
Has Graeber spun out a dazzling run of polymathic erudition--deploying an analysis of fantasy literature, Pythagorean philosophy, Ficino's taxonomy of angels, heroic societies in the ancient Middle East, and Huizinga's theory of games and play--only to conclude that the appeal of rule-bound bureaucracy lies in the desire to constrain arbitrary and destructive sovereign power?
The polymathic John Hill, one of Macklin's students and author of two editions of The Actor, reported that Macklin checked
As polymathic as his great admirer Satyajit Ray, with whom the Iranian director shared many things, including an education in visual design, Kiarostami counted carpentry among his various accomplishments.
And what polymathic prodigy could do full justice to all these diverse texts?
His dad, Charles Smith, was a founding director of The Polymathic Engineering Company in Tamworth and the family were living just a few hundred yards from the factory in Fazeley Road.
Jack Lynch, a polymathic professor of English who specializes in 18th-century literature and the history of the English language at Rutgers, is author of such earlier works as The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of 'Proper' English, from Shakespeare to South Park and Samuel Johnson's Insults: A Compendium of Snubs, Sneers, Slights, and Effronteries from the Eighteenth-Century Master.
As he scarfed down takeout pasta in a stairwell at the Music Box, the polymathic director--a Kentucky native who, in addition to directing 18 shows on Broadway, ran New York's Public Theater for a pivotal decade (1993-2004) and served as the chief creative officer for the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta--explained how and why he set out to reclaim this piece of Broadway history.