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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Paul Erdös - documentary

Some people consider Paul Erdös as the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Born in Hungary in 1913, Erdös wrote and co-authored over 1,500 papers and pioneered several fields in theoretical mathematics. "N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös" is a documentary about his life and work. - It is now available for on line viewing on Internet. - N is a Number. Portrait of Paul Erdös.

Paul Erdös 1913 - 1996

Don't expect anything about his (other) addiction in this documentary. In an article by Paul Hoffman published in November 1987, Atlantic Monthly profiled Erdös and discussed his Benzedrine habit. Erdös liked the article, "...except for one thing...You shouldn't have mentioned the stuff about Benzedrine. It's not that you got it wrong. It's just that I don't want kids who are thinking about going into mathematics to think that they have to take drugs to succeed."

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