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The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth

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Based on a National Magazine Award-winning article, this masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdos is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Peter R

Erdos -- a genius

by Peter R on Dec 9, 2011

Could not put book down. It's the best read on mathematics I have ever read. Mathematics is generally boring -- misunderstood-- but this book is so well written it gives a dynamic dimension to this man and mathematics in general. The anecdotes explain why mathematics are so important to daily life. Highly recommended.

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SG11235

Superb

by SG11235 on Jun 6, 2009

This is an strangely inspiring portrait of a singular individual who did so much to inspire others. Whilst the records will show he was the most prolific mathematician of modern times, he was also the greatest collaborative mind - routinely spurring others to make journeys of thought that might otherwise never have been. Reading this at a time when our smartest brains are drawn to commerce rather than academia, it was refreshing to discover such a brilliant counterexample. Paul Erdos deliberately divested himself of property and used any funds he possessed to help students and to provide prize-money for solutions. He was not a saint, but there is a purity and simplicity in his life that can only be described as enlightening - on many planes.

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farleyknight

Eh.. Okay..

by farleyknight on Oct 23, 2008

The book was okay, but started to drag on about 2/3rd the way through..

kidkneechess

excellent read

by kidkneechess on Feb 21, 2008

very interesting book about an interesting man. bogged down a little with the math explanations but thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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