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