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

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Hyperion, Jul 8, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages
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This is the story of Paul Erdos, a charming yet quirky mathematician born in Hungary, who forsook all creature comforts -- including a home -- to pursue his lifelong study of numbers. It is a fascinating tale of a man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to manage some of the simplest daily tasks. But more than that, it brilliantly uses Erdos's work to explain the great mathematical discoveries of all time, in all their beauty and simplicity.For more than six decades, Erdos lived out of a tattered suitcase, traveling the world chasing mathematical problems and fresh talent. He had no wife, no children, no job or hobbies, yet those who knew him were intrigued by his every move and thought. He gave his love to numbers -- and they returned in kind, revealing their secrets to him as they did to no other mathematician of this century. Based on a National Magazine Award-winning article, and extensive interviews over a ten-year period, Paul Hoffman's biography of Erdos givesan intimate look at the vibrant life of the great mathematician. It follows the career and achievements of a philosopher-scientist whose way of

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Review: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth

User Review  - John Connor - Goodreads

The book's content is about what I expected, but the organization is horrible. It is basically a collection of interviews haphazardly edited into a narrative, but the narrator's identity changes ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth

User Review  - Douglas - Goodreads

I was disappointed in this book. There was not enough on Erdos himself. In fact it could have been retitled: "The Man Who Loved only Numbers, The Story of Paul Erdos and Ron Graham and his Wife, Fan ... Read full review



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Hoffman is the publisher of Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the host of the five-part PBS series "Great Minds of Science" and a frequent correspondent on television shows such as CBS This Morning and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

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