Based 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.Based 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.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Very Good. Hoffman, Paul. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and The Search For Mathematical Truth. New York: Hyperion, 1998. 301pp. Indexed. Illustrated. Bibliography. 8vo. 1/4 Cloth. Book condition: Very good with rubbed and bumped edges.
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.
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.
Oct 23, 2008
The book was okay, but started to drag on about 2/3rd the way through..
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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