Friday, June 19, 2009
Have you heard of Paul Erdos?
He is an eccentric Hungarian mathematician.
He is the son to Anna and Lajos Erdos (both were jewish mathematician). He is the only son as his siblings pass away before his birth.
I find what is interesting about him is that throughout his career, he offered prizes for solutions to unsolved problems. What is amazing that these prizes are still offered after his death. Currently, winners who solved the problems can either opt for a check signed by Erdos for framing purposes only, or a cashable check signed by the current administrator.