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

ISBN-10: 0786884061
ISBN-13: 9780786884063
Edition: 1998 (Reprint)
Authors: Paul Hoffman
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Publication date: 5/12/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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. A man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to perform the simplest daily tasks, Erdos dedicated his life to the pursuit of mathematical truth. Here, award-winning science writer Paul Hoffman follows the career and achievements of this philosopher-scientist whose way of life was as inconceivable as the theorems he devised, yet whose accomplishments continue to enrich and inform the world.

Paul Hoffman is an American intellectual who has devoted much of his professional life to making the work of serious scholars available to the general public. Hoffman has served as editor of Discover magazine and publisher of Encyclopaedia Brittanica. He has also contributed to such television programs as CBS Sunday Morning and PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Hoffman's books include Archimedes' Revenge and The Man who Loved Only Numbers, a popular biography of the mathematician Paul Erdos.

The Two-and-a-Half-Billion-Year-Old Man
Straight From the Book
Epszi's Enigma
Problems With Sam and Joe
Einstein vs. Dostoyevsky
Dr. Worst Case
Marginal Revenge
"God Made the Integers"
Getting the Goat
Survivors' Party
"We Mathematicians are All a Little Bit Crazy"
Acknowledgments and Source Notes
Bibliography
Index

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