Friday, October 15, 2010
S**t You Don't Know - 11
Dr. Paul Erdos was one of the most gifted mathematicians of all time with more than 1500 published papers to his credit.Erdos was born to a Hungarian-Jewish family in 1913. He founded the field of discrete mathematics, the basis of computer science. He lived as a homeless derelict, shunning material possessions because "property is nuisance" and traveling from lecture to lecture with a tatty suitcase containing all his meagre belongings. He had no interest in anything but numbers. He died aged 83 while attending a maths lecture in Warsaw. Erdos was repulse by human contact, even the accidental touch of another person and was appalled by the idea of sexual intercourse.