1913 – Erdos – bio

Paul Erdos was born in 1913 in Hungary and was a mathematician. He had an eccentric personality and was one of the most prolific mathematicians in history, either writing or collaborating on 1,475 papers. He did work in number theory, set theory, and probability theory, and is credited with founding the field of discrete mathematics.

Discrete mathematics (in contrast with “continuous mathematics”) deals with distinct separated values, such as integers. This field includes set theory,
graph theory, number theory, probability, combinatorics, and more. It is considered to be a foundation for computer science.

Erdos did a lot of work related to prime number theory.

PRECURSOR:
-0325 – Euclid
-0287 – Archimedes
1170 – Fibonacci
1588 – Mersenne
1707 – Euler
1768 – Fourier
1601 – Fermat
1822 – Bertrand
1826 – Reimann
1880 – Fejer
1887 – Ramanujan

CONCURRENT:
1903 – Von Neumann
1909 – Ulam
1917 – Selberg
1935 – Graham
1949 – Fan Chung

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