I have his bio and other writings.
http://www.math.ohiostate.edu/~nevai/ERDOS/erdos_washington_post.html
I wuv him. (link via the top of today's reddit)
my favorite mathematicianI have his bio and other writings.
http://www.math.ohiostate.edu/~nevai/ERDOS/erdos_washington_post.html I wuv him. (link via the top of today's reddit) One of his quotes:
"Men are slaves, and women are bosses." Yeah, that sounds about right. > He seemed sentenced to a life of solitariness from birth,
> His friends took care of the affairs of everyday life for him  checkbook, tax returns, food. Hmm. The first sentence is obviously not true. He was one of the more social mathematicians around. He had, in essence, translated material goods for friendship goods (there is some equation in that sentence, somehow). An attachment to things, for an attachment to people (and mathematical ideas). Which is why his life does seem so light and affable and otherworldly. von Neumann is my hero.
Didn't he die a couple of years ago?
M. Mandelbrot is my favorite, un oych a lanzman. I like how he called babies "epsilons". I use that one now and again.
Nobody gets it, though. I also think he was bad at simple arithmetic (maybe I'm confusing him with Einstein). It has been over two years since I read his bio "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers." > von Neumann is my hero.
Wasn't he the one that proved mathematically that the USA should nuke the Soviet Union? He might have, but I've never heard that one.
One of the stories about him: There's that trick question about two trains moving towards each other at different speeds, a bird flies back and forth between them, turning around whenever it meets the next train. What's the total distance the bird flies. The hard solution is to write a complicated series that gives the distance the bird flies on each leg, adjusting for how each leg is shorter as the trains get closer. Or, you can just work out the closing speed, divide the initial distance by it, then multiply by how fast the bird flies. Supposedly someone posed the puzzle to von Neumann and he instantly came back w/ the right answer, so they said "oh, you must have used the clever trick," but after they explained the simple solution he said "no, I worked out the answer to the series." Well, the series solution is only 2 very easy formulas more work.


