Great thinkers whose work has helped shaped today's world.

Paul Erdős

Adapted from a photo by either Billy or Grace Tao, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

1913

1996

Paul Erdős was a renowned Hungarian mathematician known for his prolific output and unique collaborative style. He made significant contributions to various areas of mathematics, including number theory, combinatorics, and graph theory. One of the most famous concepts associated with Erdős is the Erdős number, which measures the 'collaborative distance' between a researcher and Erdős himself based on joint publications. Students may also come across Erdős in relation to the study of prime numbers, where his work on the distribution of prime numbers has had a lasting impact. Additionally, Erdős was known for his problem-solving skills and love for mathematical puzzles, inspiring many to delve deeper into the world of mathematics.

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