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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Paul Erdos - one of the most influential mathematicians of our times
Seminar:MASS Colloquium
Speaker:Krishnaswami Alladi, University of Florida
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