Paul Erdös was well known even outside mathematical circles for his singular dedication to mathematics, which resulted in his living as a "mathematical pilgrim" for much of his life. He was known as a poser and solver of problems, but his problems often seemed to lead to deep theories which were then explored by others. By his trips and by his collaboration with other mathematicians, Erdös stimulated an enormous amount of mathematical activity. His contributions to number theory and to combinatorics were immense.

Erdös was the subject of a very interesting article in
*Atlantic* magazine in 1987 and of a documentary entitled *N is a
Number* (available through the MAA). He was one of the giants of
mathematics in the twentieth century.

Erdös had so many collaborators that he introduced the notion of the

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