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Paul Erdos air-DISH Paul Erdos was born in Budapest Hungary on March 26 1913 His two sisters died right before he was born so his parents were extra cautious At age 3 he was multiplying 3- digit numbers in his head and at age 4 he learned about negative numbers- he told his mother that 100-250 -150 Erdos was very eccentric- he never had a checkbook a credit card he never learned how to drive and he never had health insurance He traveled with a shabby suitcase and wearing a shabby suit and sandals He supposedly remained celibate throughout his entire life There were many restrictions on Jewish people entering universities in Hungary but the Jewish Erdos won a national examination and so was allowed to enter in 1930 He got his doctorate in 1934 but was forced to leave Hungary not long after because he was Jewish He went to Great Britain and also spent time in the United States With the rise of anti-communist feelings in the US in the 1950s he was asked to leave the country but he was granted a visa in 1963 One thing that Erdos did that was very strange was to add initials to his name By the time he was 74 years old he had added 12 initials PGOMLDADLDCD- Poor Great Old Man-Living Dead-Archeological Discovery-Legally Dead-Counts Dead Over 1500 papers were published by Erdos during his lifetime Erdos himself has an Erdos number of 0 Anyone who wrote a paper with him has an Erdos number of 1 Someone who wrote a paper with someone who wrote a paper with Erdos has an Erdos number of 2 and so on If there is no connection with a person to Erdos then that persons Erdos number is infinite Erdos found an elementary proof of Bertrands theory that there is always at least one prime between n and 2n for n2 Erdos received the Cole prize of the
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