For more information about this meeting, contact Victoria Sadovskaya, Flossie Dunlop, Mari Royer.

Title: | Paul Erdos - one of the most influential mathematicians of our times |

Seminar: | MASS Colloquium |

Speaker: | Krishnaswami Alladi, University of Florida |

Abstract: |

Paul Erdos (1913-1996) was one of the most influential
mathematicians of the twentieth century. This is his 100-th birthday
year. A Hungarian by birth, Erdos had no permanent home. He
traveled around the world constantly, lecturing at hundreds of
universities, and seldom staying at a place for more than a week.
On these trips he collaborated with both mathematicians and students.
Of his research papers that exceed 1500 in number, more than half
are in collaboration. While traveling, he was constantly on the look
out for very young and talented mathematicians with whom he would
collaborate and mold their careers. In a remarkable career that spanned
the entire twentieth century, Erdos made pioneering contributions to
number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, set theory and geometry.
After describing his unusual life and some of his charming idiosyncrasies,
we will discuss some of his most fundamental contributions and ideas in
prime number theory and probabilistic number theory. Both the story of
the elementary proof of the prime number theorem and the creation of
probabilistic number theory are fascinating, and will be described. Finally,
I will also briefly describe how I met him, and how we collaborated. |

### Room Reservation Information

Room Number: | MB114 |

Date: | 10 / 31 / 2013 |

Time: | 01:25pm - 02:25pm |