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Paul Erd%C5%91s

Paul Erd?s | |
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Paul Erd?s in 1992 | |

Born | |

Died | 20 September 1996 Warsaw, Poland | (aged 83)

Nationality | Hungarian |

Alma mater | Royal Hungarian Pázmány Péter University |

Known for | a very large number of results and conjectures (more than 1,500 articles) and a very large number of coauthors (more than 500) |

Awards | Wolf Prize (1983/84) AMS Cole Prize (1951) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | Victoria University of Manchester Princeton University Purdue University University of Notre Dame Hebrew University of Jerusalem Technion - Israel Institute of Technology |

Doctoral advisor | Lipót Fejér |

Doctoral students | Joseph Kruskal George B. Purdy Alexander Soifer Béla Bollobás ^{[1]} |

**Paul Erd?s** (Hungarian: *Erd?s Pál* ['?rdø:? 'pa:l]; 26 March 1913 - 20 September 1996) was a renowned Hungarian mathematician. He was one of the most prolific mathematicians and producers of mathematical conjectures^{[2]} of the 20th century.^{[3]} He was known both for his social practice of mathematics (he engaged more than 500 collaborators) and for his eccentric lifestyle (*Time* magazine called him *The Oddball's Oddball*).^{[4]} He devoted his waking hours to mathematics, even into his later years--indeed, his death came only hours after he solved a geometry problem at a conference in Warsaw.

pursued and proposed problems in discrete mathematics, graph theory, number theory, mathematical analysis, approximation theory, set theory, and probability theory.^{[5]} Much of his work centered around discrete mathematics, cracking many previously unsolved problems in the field. He championed and contributed to Ramsey theory, which studies the conditions in which order necessarily appears. Overall, his work leaned towards solving previously open problems, rather than developing or exploring new areas of mathematics.

Erd?s published around 1,500 mathematical papers during his lifetime, a figure that remains unsurpassed.^{[6]} He firmly believed mathematics to be a social activity, living an itinerant lifestyle with the sole purpose of writing mathematical papers with other mathematicians. Erd?s's prolific output with co-authors prompted the creation of the Erd?s number, the number of steps in the shortest path between a mathematician and Erd?s in terms of co-authorships.

Paul Erd?s was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, on 26 March 1913.^{[7]} He was the only surviving child of Anna (née Wilhelm) and Lajos Erd?s (born as Lajos Engländer).^{[8]}^{[9]} His two sisters, aged 3 and 5, both died of scarlet fever a few days before he was born.^{[10]} His parents were both Jewish mathematics teachers. His fascination with mathematics developed early--he was often left home by himself because his father was held captive in Siberia as an Austro-Hungarian POW during 1914-1920,^{[9]} causing his mother to have to work long hours to support their household.

He taught himself to read through mathematics texts that his parents left around in their home. By the age of four, given a person's age, he could calculate in his head how many seconds they had lived.^{[11]} Due to his sisters' deaths, he had a close relationship with his mother, with the two of them reportedly sharing the same bed until he left for college.^{[12]}

Both of Erd?s's parents were high school mathematics teachers, and Erd?s received much of his early education from them. Erd?s always remembered his parents with great affection. At 16, his father introduced him to two of his lifetime favorite subjects--infinite series and set theory. During high school, Erd?s became an ardent solver of the problems proposed each month in KöMaL, the Mathematical and Physical Monthly for Secondary Schools.

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Erd?s entered the University of Budapest at the age of 17.^{[14]} By the time he was 20, he had found a proof for Chebyshev's theorem.^{[14]} In 1934, at the age of 21, he was awarded a doctorate in mathematics.^{[14]} Erd?s's thesis advisor was Lipót Fejér, who was also the thesis advisor for John von Neumann, George Pólya, and Paul (Pál) Turán. Because he was Jewish, Erd?s decided Hungary was dangerous and relocated to the United States.^{[14]} Many members of Erd?s' family, including two of his aunts, two of his uncles, and his father, died in Budapest during the Holocaust. His mother survived in hiding.^{[14]} He was living in America and working at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study at the time.^{[14]}^{[15]}

Described by his biographer, Paul Hoffman, as "probably the most eccentric mathematician in the world," Erd?s spent most of his adult life living out of a suitcase.^{[16]} Except for some years in the 1950s, when he was not allowed to enter the United States based on the pretense that he was a Communist sympathizer, his life was a continuous series of going from one meeting or seminar to another.^{[16]} During his visits, Erd?s expected his hosts to lodge him, feed him, and do his laundry, along with anything else he needed, as well as arrange for him to get to his next destination.^{[16]}

On 20 September 1996, at the age of 83, he had a heart attack and died while attending a conference in Warsaw.^{[17]} These circumstances were close to the way he wanted to die. He once said,

I want to be giving a lecture, finishing up an important proof on the blackboard, when someone in the audience shouts out, 'What about the general case?'. I'll turn to the audience and smile, 'I'll leave that to the next generation,' and then I'll keel over.

-- Paul Erd?s, Math & Mathematicians: The History of Math Discoveries Around the World (ISBN 0-7876-3813-7)^{[17]}

Erd?s never married and had no children.^{[8]} He is buried next to his mother and father in grave 17A-6-29 at Kozma Street Cemetery in Budapest.^{[18]} For his epitaph, he suggested "I've finally stopped getting dumber." (Hungarian: *"Végre nem butulok tovább"*).^{[19]} His life was documented in the film *N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erd?s*, made while he was still alive, and posthumously in the book *The Man Who Loved Only Numbers* (1998).

Erd?s' name contains the Hungarian letter "?" ("o" with double acute accent), but is often incorrectly written as *Erdos* or *Erdös* either "by mistake or out of typographical necessity".^{[20]}

Another roof, another proof.

-- Paul Erd?s^{[21]}

Possessions meant little to Erd?s; most of his belongings would fit in a suitcase, as dictated by his itinerant lifestyle. Awards and other earnings were generally donated to people in need and various worthy causes. He spent most of his life traveling between scientific conferences, universities and the homes of colleagues all over the world. He earned enough in stipends from universities as a guest lecturer, and from various mathematical awards, to fund his travels and basic needs; money left over he used to fund cash prizes for proofs of "Erd?s problems" (see below). He would typically show up at a colleague's doorstep and announce "my brain is open", staying long enough to collaborate on a few papers before moving on a few days later. In many cases, he would ask the current collaborator about whom to visit next.

His colleague Alfréd Rényi said, "a mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems",^{[22]} and Erd?s drank copious quantities (this quotation is often attributed incorrectly to Erd?s,^{[23]} but Erd?s himself ascribed it to Rényi^{[24]}). After 1971 he also took stimulants, despite the concern of his friends, one of whom (Ron Graham) bet him $500 that he could not stop taking them for a month.^{[25]} Erd?s won the bet, but complained that during his abstinence, mathematics had been set back by a month: "Before, when I looked at a piece of blank paper my mind was filled with ideas. Now all I see is a blank piece of paper."^{[]} After he won the bet, he promptly resumed his use of Ritalin and Benzedrine.

He had his own idiosyncratic vocabulary: although an agnostic atheist,^{[26]}^{[27]} he spoke of "The Book", a visualization of a book in which God had written down the best and most elegant proofs for mathematical theorems.^{[28]} Lecturing in 1985 he said, "You don't have to believe in God, but you should believe in *The Book*." He himself doubted the existence of God, whom he called the "Supreme Fascist" (SF).^{[29]}^{[30]} He accused SF of hiding his socks and Hungarian passports, and of keeping the most elegant mathematical proofs to Himself. When he saw a particularly beautiful mathematical proof he would exclaim, "This one's from *The Book*!" This later inspired a book titled *Proofs from the Book*.

Other idiosyncratic elements of Erd?s's vocabulary include:^{[31]}

- Children were referred to as "epsilons" (because in mathematics, particularly calculus, an arbitrarily small positive quantity is commonly denoted by the Greek letter (?)).
- Women were "bosses" who "captured" men as "slaves" by marrying them. Divorced men were "liberated".
- People who stopped doing mathematics had "died", while people who died had "left".
- Alcoholic drinks were "poison".
- Music (except classical music) was "noise".
- To be considered a hack was to be a "Newton".
- To give a mathematical lecture was "to preach".
- To give an oral exam to students was "to torture" them.

He gave nicknames to many countries, examples being: the U.S. was "samland" (after Uncle Sam),^{[31]} the Soviet Union was "joedom" (after Joseph Stalin),^{[31]} and Israel was "isreal".^{[]}

In 1934, he moved to Manchester, England, to be a guest lecturer. In 1938, he accepted his first American position as a scholarship holder at Princeton University. At this time, he began to develop the habit of traveling from campus to campus. He would not stay long in one place and traveled back and forth among mathematical institutions until his death.

In 1954, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services denied Erd?s, a Hungarian citizen, a re-entry visa into the United States, for reasons that have never been fully explained.^{[32]} Teaching at the University of Notre Dame at the time, Erd?s could have chosen to remain in the country. Instead, he packed up and left, albeit requesting reconsideration from the U.S. Immigration Services at periodic intervals.

Hungary at the time was under the Warsaw Pact with the Soviet Union. Although Hungary limited the freedom of its own citizens to enter and exit the country, it gave Erd?s the exclusive privilege of being allowed to enter and exit the country as he pleased in 1956.

In 1963, the U.S. Immigration Service granted Erd?s a visa, and he resumed including American universities in his teaching and travels. Ten years later, in 1973, the 60-year-old Erd?s voluntarily left Hungary.^{[33]}

During the last decades of his life, Erd?s received at least fifteen honorary doctorates. He became a member of the scientific academies of eight countries, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the UK Royal Society.^{[]} He became a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977.^{[34]} Shortly before his death, he renounced his honorary degree from the University of Waterloo over what he considered to be unfair treatment of colleague Adrian Bondy.^{[35]}^{[36]}

Erd?s was one of the most prolific publishers of papers in mathematical history, comparable only with Leonhard Euler; Erd?s published more papers, mostly in collaboration with other mathematicians, while Euler published more pages, mostly by himself.^{[37]} Erd?s wrote around 1,525 mathematical articles in his lifetime,^{[38]} mostly with co-authors. He strongly believed in and practiced mathematics as a social activity,^{[39]} having 511 different collaborators in his lifetime.^{[40]}

In his mathematical style, Erd?s was much more of a "problem solver" than a "theory developer" (see "The Two Cultures of Mathematics"^{[41]} by Timothy Gowers for an in-depth discussion of the two styles, and why problem solvers are perhaps less appreciated). Joel Spencer states that "his place in the 20th-century mathematical pantheon is a matter of some controversy because he resolutely concentrated on particular theorems and conjectures throughout his illustrious career."^{[42]} Erd?s never won the highest mathematical prize, the Fields Medal, nor did he coauthor a paper with anyone who did,^{[43]} a pattern that extends to other prizes.^{[44]} He did win the Wolf Prize, where his contribution is described as "for his numerous contributions to number theory, combinatorics, probability, set theory and mathematical analysis, and for personally stimulating mathematicians the world over".^{[45]} In contrast, the works of the three winners after were recognized as "outstanding", "classic", and "profound", and the three before as "fundamental" or "seminal".

Of his contributions, the development of Ramsey theory and the application of the probabilistic method especially stand out. Extremal combinatorics owes to him a whole approach, derived in part from the tradition of analytic number theory. Erd?s found a proof for Bertrand's postulate which proved to be far neater than Chebyshev's original one. He also discovered the first elementary proof for the prime number theorem, along with Atle Selberg. However, the circumstances leading up to the proofs, as well as publication disagreements, led to a bitter dispute between Erd?s and Selberg.^{[46]}^{[47]} Erd?s also contributed to fields in which he had little real interest, such as topology, where he is credited as the first person to give an example of a totally disconnected topological space that is not zero-dimensional, the Erd?s space.^{[48]}

Throughout his career, Erd?s would offer payments for solutions to unresolved problems.^{[49]} These ranged from $25 for problems that he felt were just out of the reach of the current mathematical thinking (both his and others), to several thousand dollars for problems that were both difficult to attack and mathematically significant.

There are thought to be at least a thousand remaining unsolved problems, though there is no official or comprehensive list. The offers remained active despite Erd?s's death; Ronald Graham was the (informal) administrator of solutions, and a solver could receive either an original check signed by Erd?s before his death (for memento only, cannot be cashed) or a cashable check from Graham.^{[50]}

Perhaps the most mathematically notable of these problems is the Erd?s conjecture on arithmetic progressions:

If the sum of the reciprocals of a sequence of integers diverges, then the sequence contains arithmetic progressions of arbitrary length.

If true, it would solve several other open problems in number theory (although one main implication of the conjecture, that the prime numbers contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions, has since been proved independently as the Green-Tao theorem). The payment for the solution of the problem is currently worth US$5,000.^{[51]}

The most familiar problem with an Erd?s prize is likely the Collatz conjecture, also called the 3*N* + 1 problem. Erd?s offered $500 for a solution.

His most frequent collaborators include Hungarian mathematicians András Sárközy (62 papers) and András Hajnal (56 papers), and American mathematician Ralph Faudree (50 papers). Other frequent collaborators were the following:^{[52]}

- Richard Schelp (42 papers)
- C. C. Rousseau (35 papers)
- Vera Sós (35 papers)
- Alfréd Rényi (32 papers)
- Pál Turán (30 papers)
- Endre Szemerédi (29 papers)
- Ron Graham (28 papers)
- Stefan Burr (27 papers)
- Carl Pomerance (23 papers)
- Joel Spencer (23 papers)
- János Pach (21 papers)
- Miklós Simonovits (21 papers)
- Ernst G. Straus (20 papers)
- Melvyn B. Nathanson (19 papers)
- Jean-Louis Nicolas (19 papers)
- Richard Rado (18 papers)
- Béla Bollobás (18 papers)
- Eric Charles Milner (15 papers)
- András Gyárfás (15 papers)
- John Selfridge (14 papers)
- Fan Chung (14 papers)
- Richard R. Hall (14 papers)
- George Piranian (14 papers)
- István Joó (12 papers)
- Zsolt Tuza (12 papers)
- A. R. Reddy (11 papers)
- Vojt?ch Rödl (11 papers)
- Pal Revesz (10 papers)
- Zoltán Füredi (10 papers)

For other co-authors of Erd?s, see the list of people with Erd?s number 1 in List of people by Erd?s number.

Because of his prolific output, friends created the Erd?s number as a tribute. An Erd?s number describes a person's degree of separation from Erd?s himself, based on their collaboration with him, or with another who has their own Erd?s number. Erd?s alone was assigned the Erd?s number of 0 (for being himself), while his immediate collaborators could claim an Erd?s number of 1, their collaborators have Erd?s number at most 2, and so on. Approximately 200,000 mathematicians have an assigned Erd?s number,^{[53]}
and some have estimated that 90 percent of the world's active mathematicians have an Erd?s number smaller than 8 (not surprising in light of the small world phenomenon). Due to collaborations with mathematicians, many scientists in fields such as physics, engineering, biology, and economics have Erd?s numbers as well.^{[54]}

Several studies have shown that leading mathematicians tend to have particularly low Erd?s numbers.^{[55]} For example, the roughly 268,000 mathematicians with a known Erd?s number have a median value of 5.^{[56]} In contrast, the median Erd?s number of Fields Medalists is 3.^{[57]} As of 2015, approximately 11,000 mathematicians have an Erd?s number of 2 or less.^{[58]}^{[59]} Collaboration distances will necessarily increase over long time scales, as mathematicians with low Erd?s numbers die and become unavailable for collaboration. The American Mathematical Society provides a free online tool to determine the Erd?s number of every mathematical author listed in the Mathematical Reviews catalogue.^{[60]}

The Erd?s number was most likely first defined by Casper Goffman,^{[61]} an analyst whose own Erd?s number is 2.^{[62]} Goffman published his observations about Erd?s's prolific collaboration in a 1969 article titled "And what is your Erd?s number?"^{[63]}

Jerry Grossman has written that it could be argued that Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron can be considered to have an Erd?s number of 1 because they both autographed the same baseball (for Carl Pomerance) when Emory University awarded them honorary degrees on the same day.^{[64]} Erd?s numbers have also been proposed for an infant, a horse, and several actors.^{[65]}

Erd?s signed his name "Paul Erdos P.G.O.M." When he became 60, he added "L.D.", at 65 "A.D.", at 70 "L.D." (again), and at 75 "C.D."

- P.G.O.M. represented "Poor Great Old Man"
- The first L.D. represented "Living Dead"
- A.D. represented "Archaeological Discovery"
- The second L.D. represented "Legally Dead"
- C.D. represented "Counts Dead"
^{[66]}^{[67]}

Erd?s is the subject of at least three books: two biographies (Hoffman's *The Man Who Loved Only Numbers* and Schechter's *My Brain is Open*, both published in 1998) and a 2013 children's picture book by Deborah Heiligman (*The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erd?s*).^{[68]}

- List of topics named after Paul Erd?s - including conjectures, numbers, prizes, and theorems
- Box-making game
- Covering system
- Dimension (graph theory)
- Even circuit theorem
- Friendship graph
- Minimum overlap problem
- Probabilistic method
- Probabilistic number theory
- The Martians (scientists)

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^{a}^{b}^{c}^{d}^{e}^{f}Bruno, Leonard C. (1999-2003).*Math and mathematicians : the history of math discoveries around the world*. Baker, Lawrence W. Detroit, Mich.: U X L. pp. 120. ISBN 978-0787638139. OCLC 41497065. **^**Csicsery, George Paul (2005).*N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erd?s*. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. ISBN 3-540-22469-6.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}Bruno, Leonard C. (2003) [1999].*Math and mathematicians : the history of math discoveries around the world*. Baker, Lawrence W. Detroit, Mich.: U X L. pp. 121. ISBN 978-0787638139. OCLC 41497065. - ^
^{a}^{b}C., Bruno, Leonard (2003) [1999].*Math and mathematicians : the history of math discoveries around the world*. Baker, Lawrence W. Detroit, Mich.: U X L. pp. 122. ISBN 978-0787638139. OCLC 41497065. **^**"Erd?s Pál sírja - grave 17A-6-29".*agt.bme.hu*. Archived from the original on 2016-04-04. Retrieved .**^**Hoffman, p. 3.**^**The full quote is "Note the pair of long accents on the "?," often (even in Erdos's own papers) by mistake or out of typographical necessity replaced by "ö," the more familiar German umlaut which also exists in Hungarian.", from Erd?s, Paul; Miklós, D.; Sós, Vera T. (1996).*Combinatorics, Paul Erd?s is eighty*.**^**Cited in at least 20 books.**^**Biography of Alfréd Rényi by J.J. O'Connor and E.F. Robertson**^**Schechter, Bruce (2000),*My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erd?s*, p. 155, ISBN 978-0-684-85980-4**^**Erd?s, Paul (1995). "Child Prodigies" (PDF).*Mathematics Competitions*.**8**(1): 7-15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. Retrieved .**^**Hill, J. Paul Erdos, Mathematical Genius, Human (In That Order)**^**Mulcahy, Colm (2013-03-26). "Centenary of Mathematician Paul Erd?s - Source of Bacon Number Concept".*Huffington Post*. Retrieved .In his own words, "I'm not qualified to say whether or not God exists. I kind of doubt He does. Nevertheless, I'm always saying that the SF has this transfinite Book that contains the best proofs of all mathematical theorems, proofs that are elegant and perfect...You don't have to believe in God, but you should believe in the Book.".

**^**Huberman, Jack (2008).*Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Nonbelievers, Political Junkies, Gadflies, and Those Generally Hell-Bound*. Nation Books. p. 107. ISBN 9781568584195.I kind of doubt He [exists]. Nevertheless, I'm always saying that the SF has this transfinite Book ... that contains the best proofs of all theorems, proofs that are elegant and perfect.... You don't have to believe in God, but you should believe in the Book.

**^**Nathalie Sinclair, William Higginson, ed. (2006).*Mathematics and the Aesthetic: New Approaches to an Ancient Affinity*. Springer. p. 36. ISBN 9780387305264.Erdös, an atheist, named 'the Book' the place where God keeps aesthetically perfect proofs.

**^**Schechter, Bruce (2000).*My brain is open: The mathematical journeys of Paul Erd?s*. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 70-71. ISBN 978-0-684-85980-4.**^**Raman, Varadaraja (2005).*Variety in Religion And Science: Daily Reflections*. iUniverse. p. 256. ISBN 9780595358403.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}Hoffman, chapter 1. As included with*The New York Times*review of the book. **^**"Erdos biography". School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland. January 2000. Retrieved .**^**Babai, László; Spencer, Joel. "Paul Erd?s (1913-1996)" (PDF).*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*. American Mathematical Society.**45**(1).**^**"P. Erdös (1913 - 1996)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 28 July 2020.**^**Erd?s, Paul (4 June 1996). "Dear President Downey" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-10-15. Retrieved .With a heavy heart I feel that I have to sever my connections with the University of Waterloo, including resigning my honorary degree which I received from the University in 1981 (which caused me great pleasure). I was very upset by the treatment of Professor Adrian Bondy. I do not maintain that Professor Bondy was innocent, but in view of his accomplishments and distinguished services to the University I feel that 'justice should be tempered with mercy.'

**^**Transcription of October 2, 1996, article from University of Waterloo Gazette (archive) Archived November 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine**^**Hoffman, p. 42.**^**Grossman, Jerry. "Publications of Paul Erdös". Retrieved .**^**Krauthammer, Charles (September 27, 1996). "Paul Erdos, Sweet Genius".*The Washington Post*. p. A25."?".**^**"The Erd?s Number Project Data Files". Oakland.edu. 2009-05-29. Retrieved .**^**Gowers, Timothy (2000). "The Two Cultures of Mathematics" (PDF). In Arnold, V. I.; Atiyah, Michael; Lax, Peter D.; Mazur, Barry (eds.).*Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives*. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0821826973.**^**Spencer, Joel (November-December 2000). "Prove and Conjecture!".*American Scientist*.**88**(6). This article is a review of*Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives***^**"Paths to Erd?s - The Erd?s Number Project- Oakland University".*oakland.edu*. Retrieved .**^**From "trails to Erdos" Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, by DeCastro and Grossman, in*The Mathematical Intelligencer*, vol. 21, no. 3 (Summer 1999), 51-63: A careful reading of Table 3 shows that although Erdos never wrote jointly with any of the 42 [Fields] medalists (a fact perhaps worthy of further contemplation)... there are many other important international awards for mathematicians. Perhaps the three most renowned...are the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, the Wolf Prize in Mathematics, and the Leroy P. Steele Prizes. ... Again, one may wonder why KAPLANSKY is the only recipient of any of these prizes who collaborated with Paul Erdös. (After this paper was written, collaborator Lovász received the Wolf prize, making 2 in all).**^**"Wolf Foundation Mathematics Prize Page". Wolffund.org.il. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved .**^**Goldfeld, Dorian (2003). "The Elementary Proof of the Prime Number Theorem: an Historical Perspective".*Number Theory: New York Seminar*: 179-192.**^**Baas, Nils A.; Skau, Christian F. (2008). "The lord of the numbers, Atle Selberg. On his life and mathematics" (PDF).*Bull. Amer. Math. Soc*.**45**(4): 617-649. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-08-01223-8.**^**Henriksen, Melvin. "Reminiscences of Paul Erdös (1913-1996)". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved .**^**"Math genius left unclaimed sum".*Edmonton Journal*. Archived from the original on 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2020.**^**Seife, Charles (5 April 2002). "Erdös's Hard-to-Win Prizes Still Draw Bounty Hunters".*Science*.**296**(5565): 39-40. doi:10.1126/science.296.5565.39. PMID 11935003. S2CID 34952867.**^**p. 354, Soifer, Alexander (2008);*The Mathematical Coloring Book: Mathematics of Coloring and the Colorful Life of its Creators*; New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-74640-1**^**List of collaborators of Erd?s by number of joint papers Archived 2008-08-04 at the Wayback Machine, from the Erd?s number project website.**^**"From Benford to Erdös".*Radio Lab*. Episode 2009-10-09. 2009-09-30. Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. Retrieved .**^**Grossman, Jerry. "Some Famous People with Finite Erdös Numbers". Retrieved .**^**De Castro, Rodrigo; Grossman, Jerrold W. (1999). "Famous trails to Paul Erd?s" (PDF).*The Mathematical Intelligencer*.**21**(3): 51-63. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.33.6972. doi:10.1007/BF03025416. MR 1709679. S2CID 120046886. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Original Spanish version in*Rev. Acad. Colombiana Cienc. Exact. Fís. Natur.***23**(89) 563-582, 1999, MR1744115.**^**"Facts about Erdös Numbers and the Collaboration Graph - The Erdös Number Project- Oakland University".*OU-Main-Page*. Retrieved 2019.**^**"Erdös Numbers in Finance".**^**"Erdos2".**^**"Paths to Erdös - The Erdös Number Project- Oakland University".*OU-Main-Page*. Retrieved 2019.**^**"mathscinet/collaborationDistance".*ams.org*. Retrieved .**^**Michael Golomb's obituary of Paul Erd?s**^**from the Erdos Number Project**^**Goffman, Casper (1969). "And what is your Erd?s number?".*American Mathematical Monthly*.**76**(7): 791. doi:10.2307/2317868. JSTOR 2317868.**^**Grossman, Jerry. "Items of Interest Related to Erdös Numbers".**^**"The Extended Erdös Number Project".*harveycohen.net*. Retrieved .**^***My Brain is Open. The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos*, Bruce Schechter, Simon & Schuster, 1998, p.41**^**Paul Erdös: N is a number on YouTube, a documentary film by George Paul Csicsery, 1991.**^**Silver, Nate (12 July 2013). "Children's Books Beautiful Minds 'The Boy Who Loved Math' and 'On a Beam of Light'".*The New York Times*. Retrieved .

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- Erd?s's Google Scholar profile
- Searchable collection of (almost) all papers of Erd?s
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Paul Erd?s",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews. - Paul Erd?s at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Jerry Grossman at Oakland University.
*The Erdös Number Project* - The Man Who Loved Only Numbers - Royal Society public lecture by Paul Hoffman (video)
- Radiolab: Numbers, with a story on Paul Erd?s
- Fan Chung, "Open problems of Paul Erd?s in graph theory"

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