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Paul Erdos: An Infinity of Problems

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Paul Erdos died of a heart attack on Sept. 20 [1996] at the age of 83. Considered by many as one of the great mathematicians of this century and certainly one of the most prolific ever, he will be missed. For more than 50 years, Erdos wandered the globe visiting mathematicians, attending meetings, teaching, and lecturing. He had become the center of an enormous web of collaboration. "One never knew where Erdos was, not even the country," Richard Bellman wrote in Eye of the Hurricane. "However, one could be sure that during the year ... Erdos was everywhere. He was the nearest thing to an ergodic particle that a human being could be." At his death, Erdos had more than 1,500 published papers to his credit...

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