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

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Frederick Williams

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Re: An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul
Erd?s’s Birth

Posted: Mar 29, 2013 5:56 PM
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Sam Wormley wrote:
> An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul Erdős’s Birth

> > http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=an-arbitrary-number-of-years-since-mathematicians-birth

"In fact, a more fitting celebration for Erdős might be December 26,
2039, or 1,521 months after his birth: 1,521 is the total number of
papers he collaborated on, which is more than any other mathematician in

History being what? If, in a hundred years time it is the centenary of
the birth of some mathematician who collaborated on 1,522 papers, will
that be more collaborations than any other mathematician in history?
Can both claims be true?

One also comes across "X is the greatest Y of all time", which is
certainly silly.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by
this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

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