Book Reviews of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
Author: Paul Hoffman
ISBN-13: 9780786884063
ISBN-10: 0786884061
Publication Date: 5/12/1999
Pages: 352
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is a biography of Paul Erdös (a famous number theorist). I don't recommend it. If you are a serious math student in the field, it will depress you. If you don't do math, you will think math is even more inaccessible. Perhaps if you do math in a completely unrelated field you will enjoy it. But, for most people, there are much better mathematically themed books out there that won't freak you out.
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Helpful Score: 1
What a fascinating story! It's also a way to learn about contemporary mathematicians and to learn a little (very accessible) mathematics along the way!
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"Having never heard of Erdos until I read this book, it proved to be a competent and entertaining book about the man's life and quirks and some of his ideas. But the true strength of this book is its branching out into the ideas of the world of mathematics.

Taking asides that last ten pages or more, Paul Hoffman explores the foundations and revolutions and some of the quirkier trivia tidbits of the world of mathematics. Making this work as much a fun romp through the interesting parts of math and part biography of a quixotic man who lived math." amazon review
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I loved the book. It was very well written and a great read.