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The man who loved only numbers : the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth

Autor: Paul Hoffman
Editora: New York : Hyperion, ©1998.
Edição/Formato   Print book : Biografia : Inglês : 1st edVer todas as edições e formatos
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"Paul Erdos, the most prolific and eccentric mathematician of our time, forsook all creature comforts - including a hometo pursue his lifelong study of numbers. He was a man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to manage some of the simplest daily tasks." "For more than six decades, Erdos lived out of two tattered suitcases, crisscrossing four continents at a frenzied pace, chasing  Ler mais...
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Gênero/Forma: Biography
Biographies
Formato Físico Adicional: Online version:
Hoffman, Paul, 1956-
Man who loved only numbers.
New York : Hyperion, ©1998
(OCoLC)681276000
Pessoa Denominada: Paul Erdős; Paul Erdös; Paul Erdős; Paul Erdős; Paul (Mathematiker) Erdös
Tipo de Material: Biografia
Tipo de Documento: Livro
Todos os Autores / Contribuintes: Paul Hoffman
ISBN: 0786863625 9780786863624 9780786884063 0786884061
Número OCLC: 38557306
Descrição: 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Conteúdos: 0. The Two-and-a-Half-Billion-Year-Old Man --
1. Straight from the Book --
2. Epszi's Enigma --
[Theta]. Problems with Sam and Jok --
3. Einstein vs. Dostoyevsky --
[Pi]. Dr. Worst Case --
4. Marginal Revenge --
5. "God Made the Integers" --
6. Getting the Goat --
7. Survivors' Party --
[Infinity]. "We Mathematicians are all a Little Bit Crazy" --
Acknowledgments and Source Notes.
Responsabilidade: by Paul Hoffman.
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"Paul Erdos, the most prolific and eccentric mathematician of our time, forsook all creature comforts - including a hometo pursue his lifelong study of numbers. He was a man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to manage some of the simplest daily tasks." "For more than six decades, Erdos lived out of two tattered suitcases, crisscrossing four continents at a frenzied pace, chasing mathematical problems and fresh talent. Erdos saw mathematics as a search for lasting beauty and ultimate truth. It was a search Erdos never abandoned, even as his life was torn asunder by some of the major political dramas of our time." "In this biography, Hoffman uses Erdos's life and work to introduce readers to a cast of remarkable geniuses, from Archimedes to Stanislaw Ulam, one of the chief minds behind the Los Alamos nuclear project. He draws on years of interviews with Ronald Graham and Fan Chung, Erdos's chief American caretakers and devoted collaborators. With an eye for the hilarious anecdote, Hoffman explains mathematical problems from Fermat's Last Theorem to the more frivolous "Monty Hall dilemma." What emerges is an intimate look at the world of mathematics and an indelible portrait of Erdos, a charming and impish philosopher-scientist whose accomplishments continue to enrich and inform our world."--Jacket.

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