
Re: An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul Erd?ss Birth
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Mar 29, 2013 5:56 PM


Sam Wormley wrote: > > An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul ErdÅsâs Birth > > http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=anarbitrarynumberofyearssincemathematiciansbirth
"In fact, a more fitting celebration for ErdÅs 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."
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

