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My Brain Is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos

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Paul Erdand#245;s, 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 Erdand#245;s 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. Erdand#245;s'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. andlt;BRandgt; Witty and filled with the sort of mathematical puzzles that intrigued Erdand#245;s and continue to fascinate mathematicians today, andlt;Iandgt;My Brain Is Openandlt;/Iandgt; 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.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Bruce Schechterandlt;/Bandgt; holds a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. and is a former editor at andlt;Iandgt;Physics Todayandlt;/Iandgt; and a former staff writer at andlt;Iandgt;Discover.andlt;/Iandgt; He is the author of andlt;Iandgt;The Path of No Resistance,andlt;/Iandgt; a book about superconductivity.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Traveling

2. Proof

3. Contact

4. The Happy End Problem

5. Erdõs and the Fate of Western Civilization

6. Paradise Lost

7. The Joy of Sets

8. The Primes of Dr. Paul Erdõs

9. Sam and Joe and Uncle Paul

10. Six Degrees of Collaboration

Note on Sources

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684859804
Author:
Schechter, Bruce
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Hungary
Subject:
Mathematicians
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
106-500
Publication Date:
February 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp bandamp;w photo insert
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.2 oz

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