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Interview Bruce Schechter about eccentric math genius, Paul Erdos, for a wonderfully entertaining, accessible show

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BOOK:
My Brain Is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos
Bruce Schechter
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 1998

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Much more about Schechter and Erdos, including a fun article Schechter wrote about Erdos, can be found at http://bookbuzz.com

Interview Bruce SchechterDo A Show About Eccentric Math Genius, Paul Erdos


Interview Bruce Schechter about the strange, eccentric personality of Paul Erdos, the 20th Century's most eccentric math genius, and let this former Disney Imagineer convey to your audience an enduring sense of the magic of Erdos's brilliant mind and the way it touched so many others.

For over fifty years, mathematicians throughout the world might receive an unexpected visitor in the middle of the night, Hungarian math genius Paul Erdos, who had no home of his own and traveled the world with two small bags holding all his worldly belongings. "My brain is open," he would declare, meaning that he wanted to collaborate on math problems --and that he planned to stay on as a houseguest until resuming his itinerant journey to the household of another mathematician. "Another roof, another proof," Erdos, liked to remark.

Bruce Schechter (who has a doctorate in physics from MIT) is currently a Knight Fellow Science Journalist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former Disney Imagineer, Schechter has written about science and math for Discover, Omni, Reader's Digest, McCalls, Scientific American, Physics Today, and many other fine magazines. His previous book, The Path of No Resistance, was published by Simon & Schuster. Schechter has frequently been a guest on popular radio programs.

Kirkus Reviews said Schechter's book is a "captivating portrait" which is "easily grasped by the non-specialist" and which entertainingly unfolds a "tale to titillate Freudians." Publishers Weekly said "readers will be engrossed." Rave reviews have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The New Scientist, and many other magazines. Reviews are scheduled to appear in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Who was Erdos and what was his most enduring legacy?

Why did Erdos take so many pills?

Did Erdos really love only numbers, as some say, or did his interests range a good deal wider?

What is the "Happy Ending" math problem, and did the solution to the problem deprive Erdos of his one true love?

What's the "Monty Hall Problem" and should you change doors when Monty asks?

Can average math-phobes begin to understand the beauty of numbers?

Why are there so many child prodigies in math and music, but not in other subjects?

Why did Erdos find sexual pleasure to be so unpleasant?

What is "Erdosese" and how did Erdos invent his own charming language?

What is an Erdos number?  How is it like "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"?

For more information, go to http://bookbuzz.com.

 

 

 


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