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 synopsisBased on a National Magazine Award-winning article, this masterful biography of Hungarian-born Paul Erdos is both a vivid portrait of an eccentric genius and a layman's guide to some of this century's most startling mathematical discoveries. photos.Hide synopsis
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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.
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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