Tag Archives: Paul Erdös

What Is a Mathematician?

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The Erdős-Bacon Number

What do Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, and Natalie Portman have in common? They all have the same Erdős-Bacon number:  six. Natalie Portman collaborated (as Natalie Hershlag) with Abigail A. Baird, who wrote mathematical papers in a further collaborative path which leads to Joseph … Continue reading

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Meet Paul Erdős

As was written in The New York Times when his biography, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, was reviewed (1998), Paul “Erdős (pronounced “air-dish”) structured his life to maximize the amount of time he had for mathematics. He had no … Continue reading

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