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Paul Erdős

Fecha de nacimiento: 26. Marzo 1913
Fecha de muerte: 20. Septiembre 1996

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Paul Erdős, nacido Pál Erdős , fue un matemático húngaro inmensamente prolífico y famoso por su excentricidad que, con cientos de colaboradores, trabajó en problemas sobre combinatoria, teoría de grafos, teoría de números, análisis clásico, teoría de aproximación, teoría de conjuntos y probabilidad.

Su vida fue documentada en la película N es un número: El retrato de Paul Erdős, hecha mientras él todavía estaba vivo, y el libro El hombre que solo amaba a los números .

Murió de un ataque al corazón el 20 de septiembre de 1996, a la edad de 83 años, mientras asistía a una conferencia en Varsovia .

Frases Paul Erdős

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„And the aim is to keep the SF's score low.“

— Paul Erdős
Context: SF means Supreme Fascist — this would show that God is bad. I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke. … As a joke I said, "What is the purpose of Life?" "Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low." Now, the game with the SF is defined as follows: If you do something bad the SF gets at least two points. If you don't do something good which you could have done, the SF gets at least one point. And if nothing — if you are okay, then no one gets any point. And the aim is to keep the SF's score low. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4 Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist]

„I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke.“

— Paul Erdős
Context: SF means Supreme Fascist — this would show that God is bad. I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke. … As a joke I said, "What is the purpose of Life?" "Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low." Now, the game with the SF is defined as follows: If you do something bad the SF gets at least two points. If you don't do something good which you could have done, the SF gets at least one point. And if nothing — if you are okay, then no one gets any point. And the aim is to keep the SF's score low. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4 Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist]

„Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low.“

— Paul Erdős
Context: SF means Supreme Fascist — this would show that God is bad. I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke. … As a joke I said, "What is the purpose of Life?" "Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low." Now, the game with the SF is defined as follows: If you do something bad the SF gets at least two points. If you don't do something good which you could have done, the SF gets at least one point. And if nothing — if you are okay, then no one gets any point. And the aim is to keep the SF's score low. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4 Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist]

„Another roof, another proof.“

— Paul Erdős
His motto, as he roamed about the world, as the guest of other mathematicians, as quoted in A Tribute to Paul Erdős (1990) edited by Alan Baker, Béla Bollobás, A. Hajnal, Preface, p. ix

„I'm not competent to judge. But no doubt he was a great man.“

— Paul Erdős
Response to a question by an agent of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1954 as to what he thought of Karl Marx, often cited as an indication of his detachment from political sensibilities and the situations of the McCarthy era. He was afterwards denied a return visa for re-entering the US until 1959, after attending the International Congress of Mathematicians in Amsterdam; as quoted in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) by Paul Hoffman, p. 128

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„Finally I am becoming stupider no more.“

— Paul Erdős
A suggestion for his own epitaph, as quoted in Variety in Religion and Science: Daily Reflections (2005) by Varadaraja Raman, p. 256

„Some French socialist said that private property was theft … I say that private property is a nuisance.“

— Paul Erdős
Referring to a famous statement by the French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon that "Property is theft!", as quoted in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers (1998) by Paul Hoffman, p. 7

„Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education.“

— Paul Erdős
As quoted in Comic Sections : The Book of Mathematical Jokes, Humour, Wit, and Wisdom (1993) by Des MacHale

„The SF created us to enjoy our suffering. … The sooner we die, the sooner we defy His plans.“

— Paul Erdős
SF was an abbreviation for "Supreme Fascist" — the term Erdős often used to refer to God, as quoted in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) by Paul Hoffman, p. 4

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„If numbers aren't beautiful, I don't know what is.“

— Paul Erdős
Frequent remark, as quoted in My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 14

„My brain is open!“

— Paul Erdős
A standard greeting he would make when he was not contemplating some mathematical problem, as quoted in My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 10

„This one's from the Book!“

— Paul Erdős
Said in regard to any particularly beautiful or elegant proof, referring to a mythical "book" in which God wrote the proofs for all theorems, as quoted in Philosophy of Mathematics (2008) by John Francis, p. 51

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