My Brain Is Open The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos

ISBN-10: 0684859807
ISBN-13: 9780684859804
Edition: 2000
Authors: Bruce Schechter
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Description: Paul Erdos, 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 Erdos believed that the meaning of life was to prove and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Paul Erdos, 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 Erdos 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. Erdos'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 Erdos and continue to fascinate mathematicians today,My Brain Is Openis 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.

Traveling
Proof
Contact
The Happy End Problem
Erd�s and the Fate of Western Civilization
Paradise Lost
The Joy of Sets
The Primes of Dr. Paul Erd�s
Sam and Joe and Uncle Paul
Six Degrees of Collaboration
Note on Sources
Bibliography
Index

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