"Let him be blessed who takes my place!"

Paul Erdős (1913-1996)


Paul Erdős, or rather, Erdős Pál was one of the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century.

He was a great mathematician in the usual sense, i.e., he proved an army of theorems. He mostly worked in number theory and in combinatorics, in fact he can be called the most prominent figure of the latter subject. But he also worked in set theory, analysis, approximation theory, probability theory. Perhaps he is best known for his elementary proof, with Atle Selberg, of the prime number theorem.

He had a special ability to ask the right questions, and he enjoyed imposing conjectures, specially in new topics. Frequently, his conjectures made into central theorems, some generated deep results, and some are still unsolved, indeed they seem to be very hard.

Finally Erdős, while constantly traveling around the globe, ceaselessly worked with every person whom he could worked with, starter or famous, told proofs, asked questions, listened to new ideas, although jobless and powerless, he made enormous efforts to organize the mathematicians' community. He was well aware that in mathematics, anybody, literally anybody can prove a new, interesting theorem, introduce a new method, and he was ready to work with anyone, literally anyone, to follow anyone in a new path of thought.

Online collection of Erdős's papers
The letters between Erdős and Carl Pomerance.

His most famous conjectures,

Kuperberg's list of Erdős problems,

Articles on his research,

Quotations on Paul Erdős

Jim Pitman's Berkeley list of Erdős' publications.

All of Erdős' papers will be made available on the Internet,

Erdős' books




On His life


Encyclopedias on Erdős

Erdos's FBI file

The Erdős number

Anecdotes, stories

Some other pages in the world related to Erdős


There are other mathematicians with the same surname (no connection, though): Jenő Erdős (group theory), László Erdős (Atlanta, Georgia Institute of Technology), Péter L. Erdős (combinatorics, Budapest, Rényi Institute)