Paul Erdos

By: Nick Comer

Paul Erdos is known around the world for multiple reasons. One of the reasons that he is famous is that he has a prize about him called the Erdos Prize. They named it after him because you win by solving very hard math questions. Another reason why Paul Erdos is famous is because of his math brain. He went around the world and shared his math knowledge with others. He talked in meetings with lots of other mathematicians. Another reason why he is famous is because of the Erdos Number. People have Erdos Numbers based if they worked with Paul Erdos. The people that have an Erdos Number of 1 have worked with Paul Erdos. The people with an Erdos Number of 2 have worked with someone with an Erdos Number of 1. The last reason why Paul Erdos is famous is that he is an inventor. He created pieces of computer parts and gadgets for spies. As you can see from the reasons above, Paul Erdos is a very famous man.

The “ Boy Who Loved Math “ was Paul Erdos who was born on March 26, 1913. Paul lived in Budapest, Hungary with his mother. But she was working when Paul was young so she left him with a sitter. Paul was not a regular little boy. Paul knew how to do many things including math. By the age of 4, he was into negative numbers by that age. And by the age of 11, Paul learned about prime numbers. He would have been in 5th or 6th grade except Paul didn't go to elementary school. He didn't go to school because his mom was worried about germs spreading around the school. But Paul did go back to school in high school and loved it. After school he went around the world talking with other mathematicians. He also created new computer pieces and new ways to do math. He also made little gadgets for spies to use. Paul grew old and kept doing math. Then when Paul was very old, he died in a math meeting. People around the world talk about their Erdos number. If you have an Erdos number of 1, then you have worked with Paul Erdos. If you have an Erdos number of 2, then you have worked with someone with an Erdos number of 1. Paul Erdos was a great man and people know him because of his mathematical knowledge.

Paul Erdos came into this world in Budapest Hungary. Paul was a very smart child. He was addicted to math. Every day he would think and do math, he would learn new things and want to do more on it. By the age of 4, Paul knew about negative numbers and how they work. But the strangest part about it is that he never went to elementary school. He didn't appreciate the teachers telling him what to do. Paul didn't like rules, so he didn't listen to them. So Paul’s mother, Anna Erdos, decided to keep him home. She decided this because she was scared of the germs spreading around. Paul stayed home with a sitter with even more rules for him, he didn't like it but it was better than school. Paul learned more and more about numbers and math outside of school. By age 11 he learned about prime numbers and loved them. But as he grew older, Paul decided to go back to school for High School. He loved it in high school. Paul met new friends that loved math as much as he did. And when he left high school, he moved on and went around the world talking to other mathematicians. Paul Erdos was not a regular boy, no he was a genius.

Although Paul Erdos is out of this world, but we still have things from his life that involved him. One of them are letters. Paul sent letters out to others to tell them what he thought. These letters relates to Paul Erdos because these were written by Paul himself. These letters came from a website I found on the internet. . http://members.unine.ch/giuseppe.melfi/erdos.html is the website that these letters were found. As I read these letters, I noticed that he had really bad handwriting. It was hard to see what he was writing but I was sure that he was writing to a mathematician because he was writing variables and numbers throughout the letters One of the expressions that I see is, f(x) = x/(fqx)^2.

As Paul Erdos grew old, he achieved a lot of accomplishes and successes. One of them is that there is a math competition, with the prize named about Paul. The prize is the Erdos Prize. People win the Erdos Prize once a year. It is a prize given in Mathematics and Computer Science because these are the two subjects that Paul worked with. Paul created new things as well. Paul created new gadgets for spies, he helped create pieces to new computer and finally, he created new types of math. Lots of people feel proud of there Erdos Number. If you have an Erdos Number of 1, then you have worked with Paul. And if you have a Erdos Number of 2, then you have worked with someone with the Erdos Number of 1. But although Paul had a lot of challenges. He hated to follow rules which could be a problem with his parents and the mathematicians that he visited. Paul was a brilliant man but even the smartest of men have difficulties and obstacles.

Facts

  1. Paul Erdos had 2 sisters older than him but died with scarlet fever when Paul was little.
  2. His Father died from a heart attack when Paul was 19. `
  3. When his mother died from a bleeding ulcer, Paul was in a great depression and began taking amphetamines.
  4. Paul’s perfect death was to fall over in the middle of a math lecture and it almost happened. He died from a heart attack in a math lesson instead.
  5. Paul Erdos went to jail for trespassing. They thought he was a spy from another country when really he wasn’t doing anything bad.
  6. His parents were both math teachers at a high school. This is how he got to love math.
  7. Paul Erdos didn’t know how to butter his bread or clean his clothes even when he was 21.

Quotes:

Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education.

God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.

My brain is open.

Property is a nuisance.

I hope we'll be able to solve these problems before we leave.

Television is something that the Russians invented to destroy the American education

I hope we’ll be able to solve these problems before I leave.

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