Paul Erdős was born 100 years ago today.
As the most prolific mathematician of all time I am rather disappointed he hasn’t been deemed worth a “Google doodle“.
Erdős was victimised in the McCarthy era in the US and certainly seems to have had a warm relationship with the Hungarian Communist authorities (though there is nothing to suggest he was a spy), though eventually boycotted the country over its treatment of Israeli citizens.
To see some of his work have a look at the Erdős-Straus conjecture.
- 100th Birthday of Paul Erdős (adafruit.com)
- Remembering Paul Erdős, collaborator, eccentric, lover of numbers (sciencelens.wordpress.com)
- Happy Birthday Paul Erdos (kintali.wordpress.com)
- The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos (wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com)