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Paul Erdős

Geburtstag: 26. März 1913
Todesdatum: 20. September 1996

Paul Erdős [ˈɛrdøːʃ] war einer der bedeutendsten Mathematiker des 20. Jahrhunderts. Paul Erdős arbeitete mit Hunderten von Kollegen auf den Gebieten Kombinatorik, Graphentheorie und Zahlentheorie zusammen. Erdős ist im Zusammenhang mit der Erdős-Zahl bekannt. Von ihm stammt außerdem die Idee zu dem BUCH, in dem Gott die perfekten Beweise für mathematische Sätze aufbewahrt. Ein Versuch, diesem Buch nahezukommen, stellt Das Buch der Beweise von Aigner und Ziegler dar, das 1998 veröffentlicht wurde und an dem er vor seinem Tod noch mitwirkte. Wikipedia

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„Ein Mathematiker ist eine Maschine, die Kaffee in Theoreme umwandelt.“

—  Paul Erdős

selbstironisch in Bezug auf seinen Kaffeekonsum; zitiert in DIE ZEIT, 05/2008 S. 31, Jahr der Mathematik, zeit.de http://www.zeit.de/2008/05/Mathejahr?page=all; sowie in Marcus Du Sautoy: "Die Musik der Primzahlen: Auf den Spuren des größten Rätsels der Mathematik", C. H. Beck 2004, ISBN 9783406523205, S. 204 . Siehe auch :en:w:Alfréd Rényi#Quotations und Bruce Schechter S. 155 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=_GsQiXvfNWkC&pg=PA155&dq=coffee.
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„Mein Geist ist offen.“

—  Paul Erdős

Begrüßung, um Bereitschaft für neue wissenschaftliche Arbeiten zu signalisieren; erwähnt u.a. in Bruce Schechter: Mein Geist ist offen. Die mathematischen Reisen des Paul Erdös. Aus dem Amerikanischen von Christof Menzel. Birkhäuser, Basel/Boston/Berlin 1999. S. 12
"My brain is open:" - Bruce Schechter: My Brain is Open. The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdös1998. p. 14 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=_GsQiXvfNWkC&pg=PA14
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„And the aim is to keep the SF's score low.“

—  Paul Erdős

Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4
Kontext: SF means Supreme Fascist — this would show that God is bad. I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke. … As a joke I said, "What is the purpose of Life?" "Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low."
Now, the game with the SF is defined as follows:
If you do something bad the SF gets at least two points.
If you don't do something good which you could have done, the SF gets at least one point.
And if nothing — if you are okay, then no one gets any point.
And the aim is to keep the SF's score low.

„I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke.“

—  Paul Erdős

Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4
Kontext: SF means Supreme Fascist — this would show that God is bad. I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke. … As a joke I said, "What is the purpose of Life?" "Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low."
Now, the game with the SF is defined as follows:
If you do something bad the SF gets at least two points.
If you don't do something good which you could have done, the SF gets at least one point.
And if nothing — if you are okay, then no one gets any point.
And the aim is to keep the SF's score low.

„Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low.“

—  Paul Erdős

Paul Erdős - SF means Supreme Fascist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qeWugmiGt4
Kontext: SF means Supreme Fascist — this would show that God is bad. I don't claim that this is correct, or that God exists, but it is just sort of half a joke. … As a joke I said, "What is the purpose of Life?" "Proof and conjecture, and keep the SF's score low."
Now, the game with the SF is defined as follows:
If you do something bad the SF gets at least two points.
If you don't do something good which you could have done, the SF gets at least one point.
And if nothing — if you are okay, then no one gets any point.
And the aim is to keep the SF's score low.

„The first sign of senility is that a man forgets his theorems, the second sign is that he forgets to zip up, the third sign is that he forgets to zip down.“

—  Paul Erdős

Though Erdős used this remark, it is said to have originated with his friend Stanisław Ulam, as reported in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) by Paul Hoffman
Variants:
The first sign of senility is when a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is when he forgets to zip up. The third sign is when he forgets to zip down.
As quoted in Wonders of Numbers : Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning (2002) by Clifford A. Pickover, p. 64
There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down.
Misattributed

„Some French socialist said that private property was theft … I say that private property is a nuisance.“

—  Paul Erdős

Referring to a famous statement by the French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon that "Property is theft!", as quoted in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers (1998) by Paul Hoffman, p. 7

„We'll continue tomorrow — if I live.“

—  Paul Erdős

Common remark when breaking off work for the night, as quoted in "The Magician of Budapest" in The Edge of the Universe : Celebrating Ten Years of Math Horizons (2007) by Deanna Haunsperger and Stephen Kennedy, p. 111

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„A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.“

—  Paul Erdős

Widely attributed to Erdős, this actually originates with Alfréd Rényi, according to My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 155
Misattributed
Variante: A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.

„God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.“

—  Paul Erdős

Referencing Albert Einstein's famous remark that "God does not play dice with the universe", this is attributed to Erdős in "Mathematics : Homage to an Itinerant Master" by D. Mackenzie, in Science 275:759 (1997), but has also been stated to be a comment originating in a talk given by Carl Pomerance on the Erdős-Kac theorem, in San Diego in January 1997, a few months after Erdős's death. Confirmation of this by Pomerance is reported in a statement posted to the School of Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Exeter http://empslocal.ex.ac.uk/people/staff/mrwatkin//kac-pomerance.txt, where he states it was a paraphrase of something he imagined Erdős and Mark Kac might have said, and presented in a slide-show, which subsequently became reported in a newspaper as a genuine quote of Erdős the next day. In his slide show he had them both reply to Einstein's assertion: "Maybe so, but something is going on with the primes."
Misattributed

„Another roof, another proof.“

—  Paul Erdős

His motto, as he roamed about the world, as the guest of other mathematicians, as quoted in A Tribute to Paul Erdős (1990) edited by Alan Baker, Béla Bollobás, A. Hajnal, Preface, p. ix

„I'm not competent to judge. But no doubt he was a great man.“

—  Paul Erdős

Response to a question by an agent of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1954 as to what he thought of Karl Marx, often cited as an indication of his detachment from political sensibilities and the situations of the McCarthy era. He was afterwards denied a return visa for re-entering the US until 1959, after attending the International Congress of Mathematicians in Amsterdam; as quoted in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) by Paul Hoffman, p. 128

„Finally I am becoming stupider no more.“

—  Paul Erdős

A suggestion for his own epitaph, as quoted in Variety in Religion and Science: Daily Reflections (2005) by Varadaraja Raman, p. 256
Original: (hu) Végre nem butulok tovább

„Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education.“

—  Paul Erdős

As quoted in Comic Sections : The Book of Mathematical Jokes, Humour, Wit, and Wisdom (1993) by Des MacHale

„The SF created us to enjoy our suffering. … The sooner we die, the sooner we defy His plans.“

—  Paul Erdős

SF was an abbreviation for "Supreme Fascist" — the term Erdős often used to refer to God, as quoted in The Man Who Loved Only Numbers : The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth (1998) by Paul Hoffman, p. 4

„If numbers aren't beautiful, I don't know what is.“

—  Paul Erdős

Frequent remark, as quoted in My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 14

„My brain is open!“

—  Paul Erdős

A standard greeting he would make when he was not contemplating some mathematical problem, as quoted in My Brain Is Open : The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos (1998) by Bruce Schechter, p. 10

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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