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1. MY BRAIN IS OPEN: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter | |
Paperback: 224
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(2000-02-28)
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Editorial Review Product Description Paul Erdõs, one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century, and certainly the most eccentric, was internationally recognized as a prodigy by age seventeen. Hungarian-born Erdõs believed that the meaning of life was to prove and conjecture. His work in the United States and all over the world has earned him the titles of the century's leading number theorist and the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Erdõs's important work has proved pivotal to the development of computer science, and his unique personality makes him an unforgettable character in the world of mathematics. Incapable of the smallest of household tasks and having no permanent home or job, he was sustained by the generosity of colleagues and by his own belief in the beauty of numbers. Witty and filled with the sort of mathematical puzzles that intrigued Erdõs and continue to fascinate mathematicians today, My Brain Is Open is the story of this strange genius and a journey in his footsteps through the world of mathematics, where universal truths await discovery like hidden treasures and where brilliant proofs are poetry. For Erdös, the mathematics that consumed most of hiswaking hours was not a solitary pursuit but a social activity. One ofthe great mathematical discoveries of the twentieth century was thesimple equation that two heads are better than one.... That radicaltransformation of how mathematics is created is the result of manyfactors, not the least of which was the infectious example set byErdös. Schechter spoke with many of Erdös's collaborators to completethis biography, which reveals the odd mathematician as charming,opinionated, and completely dependent upon the kindness ofothers. Schechter not only tells his fascinating story, but introducessome intriguing mathematics problems (with easy-to-understandexplanations) to show readers why Erdös loved the eleganceof numbers more than anything else in the world.--ThereseLittleton Customer Reviews (34)
To prove and conjecture: great book about beautiful mind and sad life.
The perfect man of knowledge
N is a Number: True Story of the Travelling Mathematician
The hidden magic of math
The Remarkable Saga of a Remarkable Man Stories about Erdos abound.It is rumored that he walked into a classroom, saw some writing on a chalkboard and asked if this was mathematics.Upon receiving an affirmative answer, he then asked what the various symbols were.Immediately after the explanations were given, Erdos took chalk in hand and in two lines proved the hypothesis that had baffled other mathematicians for some time, and this was in a field of mathematics that Erdos was largely unfamiliar with!Another story had Erdos taking a train fron Boston to New York; across the aisle sat a beautiful female who said "hello" to him.One thing led to another; by the time the train arrived the two of them had written a paper! This book covered much of the life and mathematics of Paul Erdos; much of the mathematics in the book is number theory because it is a topic that is easy for anyone to understand yet difficult to prove.A typical example is Goldbach's conjecture, which says: "Any even number greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two prime numbers."Sounds simple enough and logical; 4=2+2, 6=3+3, 8=3+5,10=5+5 or 3+7,...The problem has been around for about 300 years but as yet lacks a proof.Other mathematics topics touched upon include Ramsey theory, the division of a square into unequal squares, and Godel's Incompleteness Theory.The book also shows the strange language of Erdos, in which women were 'bosses', men were 'slaves', the United States was 'Sam' (from Uncle Sam), and the Soviet Union was 'Joe' (Stalin), to list a few of his own variations of English. This book is easy to read, even if the reader has only a high-school background in mathematics.If you are curious about mathematics and/or human nature, you will find this book of great interest.I highly recommend this book. ... Read more |
2. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman | |
Hardcover: 320
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(1998-07-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description Hoffman's book, like Sylvia Nasar's biography of John Nash, A Beautiful Mind,reveals a genius's life that transcended the merely quirky. ButErdös's brand of madness was joyful, unlike Nash's despairingschizophrenia. Erdös never tried to dilute his obsessive passionfor numbers with ordinary emotional interactions, thus avoidinghurting the people around him, as Nash did. Oliver Sackswrites of Erdös: "A mathematical genius of the first order,Paul Erdös was totally obsessed with his subject--he thought andwrote mathematics for nineteen hours a day until the day he died. Hetraveled constantly, living out of a plastic bag, and had no interestin food, sex, companionship, art--all that is usually indispensable toa human life." The Man Who Loved Only Numbers is easy to love, despite hisstrangeness. It's hard not to have affection for someone who referredto children as "epsilons," from the Greek letter used torepresent small quantities in mathematics; a man whose epitaph forhimself read, "Finally I am becoming stupider no more"; andwhose only really necessary tool to do his work was a quiet and openmind.Hoffman, who followed and spoke with Erdös over the last10 years of his life, introduces us to an undeniably odd, yet pure andjoyful, man who loved numbers more than he loved God--whom he referredto as SF, for Supreme Fascist. He was often misunderstood, and hecertainly annoyed people sometimes, but Paul Erdös is no doubtmissed. --Therese Littleton Customer Reviews (99)
Poorly written
Really enjoyed this book!
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers
Does what it should
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3. Topics in the Theory of Numbers by Paul Erdos, Janos Suranyi | |
Hardcover: 312
Pages
(2003-01-14)
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Editorial Review Product Description Until his death in 1996, Professor Paul Erdös was one of the most prolific mathematicians ever, publishing close to 1,500 papers. While his papers contributed to almost every area of mathematics, his main research interest was in the area of combinatorics, graph theory, and number theory. He is most famous for proposing problems to the mathematical community which were exquisitely simple to understand yet difficult to solve. He was awarded numerous prestigious prizes including the Frank Nelson Cole prize of the AMS. Professor Janos Suranyi is a leading personality in Hungary, not just within the mathematical community, but also in the planning and conducting of different educational projects whiich have led to a new secondary school curriculum. His activity has been recognized by, amongst others, the Middle Cross of the Hungarian Decoration and the Erdös Award of the World Federation of National Mathematical Competitions.rian Decoration and the Erdös Award of the World Federation of National Mathematical Competitions. |
4. Recent Trends in Combinatorics: The Legacy of Paul Erdos | |
Paperback: 216
Pages
(2009-09-24)
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5. A Tribute to Paul Erdos | |
Paperback: 500
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(2008-06-26)
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6. Graph Theory and Combinatorics: Proceedings of the Cambridge Conference in Honor of Paul Erdos | |
Hardcover: 328
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(1984-10)
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7. Paul Erdös : The Art of Counting | |
Hardcover: 688
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(1973-09-15)
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8. Paul Erdös and His Mathematics (Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies) | |
Hardcover: 1400
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(2002-12-05)
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9. Infinite and Finite Sets: To Paul Erdos on His 60th Birthday (Colloquia mathematica Societatis Janos Bolyai ; v. 10) by A. Hajnal, etc. | |
Hardcover: 1556
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(1975-04)
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10. The Mathematics of Paul Erdös I und II (Algorithms and Combinatorics) (Parts I&II) | |
Paperback: 976
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(1997-07-29)
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11. Combinatorics, Geometry and Probability: A Tribute to Paul Erdös | |
Paperback: 588
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(2004-08-19)
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12. Analytic and Elementary Number Theory: A Tribute to Mathematical Legend Paul Erdos (Developments in Mathematics) by Krishnaswami Alladi, P.D.T.A. Elliott, A. Granville, G. Tenenbaum | |
Paperback: 304
Pages
(2010-11-02)
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13. Combinatorial Set Theory: Partition Relations for Cardinals : Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics Series by Paul Erdos | |
Hardcover: 348
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(1984-07)
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14. Collected Papers of Paul Turan by Paul Erdos | |
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(1990-12)
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15. Professional Mail Surveys by Paul L. Erdos | |
Hardcover: 286
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(1983-09)
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16. The Physics of Actinide Compounds (Physics of Solids and Liquids) by Paul Erdos | |
Hardcover: 213
Pages
(1983-06-01)
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17. N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös by George P. Csicsery | |
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(1999-12-06)
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18. Calculating Prodigies: Carl Friedrich Gauss, Leonhard Euler, John Von Neumann, William Rowan Hamilton, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Paul Erdos | |
Paperback: 194
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(2010-09-14)
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19. The Mathematics of Paul Erdös II (Algorithms and Combinatorics) | |
Hardcover: 577
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(1996-12-05)
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20. Person (Budapest): John von Neumann, Theodor Herzl, Paul Erdos, Robert Capa, George Tabori, Antal Doráti, George Szell, Edward Teller (German Edition) | |
Paperback: 550
Pages
(2010-10-18)
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