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Paul Erdős

Data di nascita: 26. Marzo 1913
Data di morte: 20. Settembre 1996

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Paul Erdős, nato Erdős Pál , è stato un matematico ungherese.

È stato uno dei matematici più prolifici ed eccentrici della storia. Ha lavorato e risolto problemi legati alla teoria dei grafi, combinatoria, teoria dei numeri, analisi, teoria dell'approssimazione, teoria degli insiemi e probabilità.

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Frasi Paul Erdős

„Un matematico è una macchina che converte caffè in teoremi.“

—  Paul Erdős
Attribuite, A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems. [Citazione errata] La citazione è in realtà di Alfréd Rényi, anche se viene spesso erroneamente attribuita a Paul Erdős. Probabilmente l'errata attribuzione deriva dal fatto che Erdős ripeteva spesso la frase citando Rényi e dal fatto che molti matematici, tra i quali lo stesso Erdős, frequentavano regolarmente le coffeehouse a Budapest, Praga e Parigi. Source: Cfr. Bruno Schechter, My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdős, 2000, p. 15 https://books.google.it/books?id=_GsQiXvfNWkC&pg=PA15 e p. 155 https://books.google.it/books?id=_GsQiXvfNWkC&pg=PA155, ISBN 0-684-85980-7 e Albert-laszlo Barabasi e Jennifer Frangos, Linked: The New Science Of Networks Science Of Networks, Basic Books, 2014, p. 16 https://books.google.it/books?id=oz7RAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA16. ISBN 0465038611

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„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. Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4

„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. Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4

„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. Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4

„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

„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

„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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„A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.“

—  Paul Erdős
Misattributed, Widely attributed to Erdős, this actually originates with Alfréd Rényi, according to My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 155 Variant: A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.

„We'll continue tomorrow — if I live.“

—  Paul Erdős
Common remark when breaking off work for the night, as quoted in "The Magician of Budapest" in The Edge of the Universe : Celebrating Ten Years of Math Horizons (2007) by Deanna Haunsperger and Stephen Kennedy, p. 111

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

—  Paul Erdős
Misattributed, Referencing Albert Einstein's famous remark that "God does not play dice with the universe", this is attributed to Erdős in "Mathematics : Homage to an Itinerant Master" by D. Mackenzie, in Science 275:759 (1997), but has also been stated to be a comment originating in a talk given by Carl Pomerance on the Erdős-Kac theorem, in San Diego in January 1997, a few months after Erdős's death. Confirmation of this by Pomerance is reported in a statement posted to the School of Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Exeter http://empslocal.ex.ac.uk/people/staff/mrwatkin//kac-pomerance.txt, where he states it was a paraphrase of something he imagined Erdős and Mark Kac might have said, and presented in a slide-show, which subsequently became reported in a newspaper as a genuine quote of Erdős the next day. In his slide show he had them both reply to Einstein's assertion: "Maybe so, but something is going on with the primes."

„The first sign of senility is that a man forgets his theorems, the second sign is that he forgets to zip up, the third sign is that he forgets to zip down.“

—  Paul Erdős
Misattributed, Though Erdős used this remark, it is said to have originated with his friend Stanisław Ulam, as reported in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) by Paul Hoffman Variants: The first sign of senility is when a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is when he forgets to zip up. The third sign is when he forgets to zip down. As quoted in Wonders of Numbers : Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning (2002) by Clifford A. Pickover, p. 64 There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down.

„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

„Finally I am becoming stupider no more.“

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

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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