Albion College Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium



Title: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős; A film by George Paul Csicsery
Speaker:
Abstract: A man with no home and no job, Paul Erdos was the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Universally revered among mathematicians, Erdos, who was born in Hungary in 1913, was a wandering genius who eschewed the traditional trappings of success, dedicating himself instead to inventing new problems and searching for their solutions. He inspired generations of mathematicians throughout the world with his insightful approach and the wry humor with which he discusses politics, death, and the cosmic struggle to uncover proofs hidden by the most stubborn of adversaries - God.

N is a Number, a documentary filmed in England, Hungary, Poland and the United States over four years, presents Erdos's mathematical quest in its personal and philosophical dimensions, and the tragic historical events that molded his life. N is a Number was made with support from the American Mathematical Society, Film Arts Foundation, the Heineman Foundation, the Mathematical Association of America and the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education Program.
http://www.zalafilms.com/films/nisfilm.html.
Location: Palenske 227
Date:9/24/2009
Time: 3:10 PM



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