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Sam Wormley

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An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathem
atician Paul Erdős’s Birth

Posted: Mar 29, 2013 3:56 PM
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An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul Erd?s?s Birth
> http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=an-arbitrary-number-of-years-since-mathematicians-birth



> Reducing proofs and theorems to their ?elementary? state was a
> particular talent of Erd?s?. He once wrote a simpler proof of a
> theorem in a paper he was supposed to be refereeing. Erd?s believed
> that ?the Supreme Fascist? (God) kept a book of mathematical proofs
> in their most perfect, simplified states, and it was the task of
> mathematicians to transcribe the pages from this book.
>
> In some respects, zero was a rather significant number for Erd?s.
> Along with his peripatetic proclivity, he never married, never had
> children, never bought a home and never had a regular job or very
> much money. Instead he traveled, carrying all his worldly possessions
> in two suitcases, making a temporary home with collaborators. This
> lifestyle took him throughout the U.S. and Europe. At last count, he
> published papers with 511 people.
>
> Erd?s? terrible behavior as a house guest is legendary: opening a
> carton of tomato juice by cutting a hole in it and not bothering to
> clean up the mess; banging pots and pans at 4:30 in the morning to
> wake everyone so they could continue their work.





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