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The Resource The man who loved only numbers : the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth, by Paul Hoffman

The man who loved only numbers : the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth, by Paul Hoffman

Label
The man who loved only numbers : the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth
Title
The man who loved only numbers
Title remainder
the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth
Statement of responsibility
by Paul Hoffman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Paul Erdos, the most prolific and eccentric mathematician of our time, forsook all creature comforts - including a hometo pursue his lifelong study of numbers. He was a man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to manage some of the simplest daily tasks." "For more than six decades, Erdos lived out of two tattered suitcases, crisscrossing four continents at a frenzied pace, chasing mathematical problems and fresh talent. Erdos saw mathematics as a search for lasting beauty and ultimate truth. It was a search Erdos never abandoned, even as his life was torn asunder by some of the major political dramas of our time." "In this biography, Hoffman uses Erdos's life and work to introduce readers to a cast of remarkable geniuses, from Archimedes to Stanislaw Ulam, one of the chief minds behind the Los Alamos nuclear project. He draws on years of interviews with Ronald Graham and Fan Chung, Erdos's chief American caretakers and devoted collaborators. With an eye for the hilarious anecdote, Hoffman explains mathematical problems from Fermat's Last Theorem to the more frivolous "Monty Hall dilemma." What emerges is an intimate look at the world of mathematics and an indelible portrait of Erdos, a charming and impish philosopher-scientist whose accomplishments continue to enrich and inform our world."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hoffman, Paul
Dewey number
  • 510/.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA29.E68
LC item number
H64 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Erdős, Paul
  • Erdös, Paul
  • Erdős, Paul
  • Erdős, Paul
  • Erdös, Paul
  • Erdös, Paul (Mathematiker)
  • Mathematicians
  • Mathématiciens
  • Mathematicians
  • Hungary
  • Wiskundigen
  • Biografie
  • Biographie
Label
The man who loved only numbers : the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth, by Paul Hoffman
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279-288]) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
0. The Two-and-a-Half-Billion-Year-Old Man -- 1. Straight from the Book -- 2. Epszi's Enigma -- [Theta]. Problems with Sam and Joe -- 3. Einstein vs. Dostoyevsky -- [Pi]. Dr. Worst Case -- 4. Marginal Revenge -- 5. "God Made the Integers" -- 6. Getting the Goat -- 7. Survivors' Party -- [Infinity]. "We Mathematicians are all a Little Bit Crazy."
Control code
ocm38557306
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
301 p.
Isbn
9780786863624
Lccn
98014027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o38557306
  • (OCoLC)38557306
Label
The man who loved only numbers : the story of Paul Erdos and the search for mathematical truth, by Paul Hoffman
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279-288]) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
0. The Two-and-a-Half-Billion-Year-Old Man -- 1. Straight from the Book -- 2. Epszi's Enigma -- [Theta]. Problems with Sam and Joe -- 3. Einstein vs. Dostoyevsky -- [Pi]. Dr. Worst Case -- 4. Marginal Revenge -- 5. "God Made the Integers" -- 6. Getting the Goat -- 7. Survivors' Party -- [Infinity]. "We Mathematicians are all a Little Bit Crazy."
Control code
ocm38557306
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
301 p.
Isbn
9780786863624
Lccn
98014027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o38557306
  • (OCoLC)38557306

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