“My brain is open” by Bruce Schechter

My Brain Is Open is one of two biographies of Paul Erdős that I know of, the other being Hoffman’s The Man Who Loved Only Numbers. I mostly enjoyed this one; it conveyed a good sense of the subject’s eccentricities as a person but also, more importantly, his significance in building and binding together a clan of mathematicians (many, but not all, Hungarian) working on problems in entirely new branches of mathematics.  (Generally I think all combinatorialists, even those of us not working in “Hungarian combinatorics,” owe Erdős a debt of gratitude for helping make our field a respectable area of study.)

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