Paul Erdős Biography
Birthday: March 26, 1913 (Aries)
Born In: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
A legendary mathematical genius, Paul Erdős was unquestionably the most prolific and eccentric mind of his generation. He has to his name more papers and mathematical conjectures than any other contemporary of the 20th century. Most of his published papers revolved around prime numbers, combinatorics, discrete mathematics, and engaged more than 500 collaborations in problem solving. His greatest contribution was to the Ramsey Theory, a field of combinatorics that studies conditions necessary for order to appear. He fell under the category of a problem solver, who was opposed to a theoretician in the taxonomy of Mathematics, and spent his life solving conjectures. A nomad living out of his suitcase, and a couple of plastic bags, he was famous for arriving at fellow mathematicians’ homes and place of work and declaring that his ‘mind was now open’. Paul Erdős is fondly remembered for his many aphorisms, one of them being SF or Supreme Fascist, which was his denotation for God. He was persecuted throughout his life, and yet he never let go of his humanity, sense of humour, compassion for the less fortunate, or his zeal for mathematics until his last breath.