Paul Erdős
Paul Erdos (1913  1996) is one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century. During his long career, he made a number of impressive advances in our understanding of maths and developed whole new fields in the subject. He was born into a Jewish family in Hungary just before the outbreak of World War I, and his life was shaped by the rise of fascism in Europe, antiSemitism and the Cold War. His reputation for mathematical problem solving is unrivalled and he was extraordinarily prolific. He produced more than 1,500 papers and collaborated with around 500 other academics. He also had an unconventional lifestyle. Instead of having a longterm post at one university, he spent much of his life travelling around visiting other mathematicians, often staying for just a few days.
Guests
 Colva RoneyDougal
11 episodes
Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews  Timothy Gowers
4 episodes
Professor of Mathematics at the College de France in Paris and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge 
Andrew Treglown No other episodes
Associate Professor in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham
Reading list

Proofs from The Book
Martin Aigner and Gunter Ziegler (Springer, 2018) Google Books → 
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
Paul Hoffman (Fourth Estate, 1999) Google Books → 
My Brain is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos
Bruce Schechter (Simon and Schuster, 2000) Google Books → 
Paul Erdos, 19131996: Obituary
Laszlo Babai and Joel Spencer 
Paul Erdos by J J O'Connor and E F Robertson  University of St Andrews
(University of St Andrews ) 
The elementary proof of the prime number theorem
Joel Spencer and Ron Graham ( 31(3), June 2009) 
Paul Erdos  Wikipedia
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