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A man with no home and no job, Paul Erd?'s was the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Born in Hungary in 1913, Erd?'s wrote and co-authored over 1,500 papers and pioneered several fields in theoretical mathematics. At the age of 83 he still spent most of his time on the road, going from math meeting to math meeting, continually working on problems. He died on September 20, 1996 while attending such a meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The film opens at Cambridge University's 1991 honorary doctorate ceremony, where Erd?'s received an award he says he would gladly trade for a nice new proof. For Erd s, the meaning of life is to prove and conjecture. To pursue this life of wandering and pure scholarship, Erd?'s relied on a network of other renowned mathematicians-all of whom regarded him as an international treasure. As the film progresses it becomes clear that mathematicians around the world had more than a professional stake in caring for Erd s. In different ways, each of the many prominent mathematicians in the film expresses dedication to and love for Erd s.
Synopsis
A documentary filmed in England, Hungary, Poland, and the United States over a five-year period, this video presents Erdos' mathematical quest in its personal and philosophical dimensions, and the tragic historical events that molded his life.