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 Paul Erdös was one of the most prolific and eccentric mathematicians of our time, a man who possessed unimaginable powers of thought yet was unable to manage some of the simplest daily tasks. For more than two decades he lived out of two tattered suitcases, crisscrossing four continents at a frenzied pace, chasing mathematical problems in p... more »ursuit of lasting beauty and ultimate truth.
Paul Hoffman's brilliantly inventive, bestselling biography provides an intimate look at Erdös's life, introducing readers to a cast of remarkable geniuses, as well as the most important mathematical discoveries of the twentieth century. Drawing on years of interviews with Erdös and his friends and collaborators, Hoffman has composed a vibrant portrait of the fascinating philosopher-scientist whose accomplishments continue to enrich and inform our world.« less
This book is a biography of Paul ErdÃ¶s (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.
"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