Judy
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Judy asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 6 years ago

How do you spell this math guy's last name?

I think he is a mathematician. His name is Paul...sounds like..."air-dish".

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  • 6 years ago
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    Wikipedia spells it Paul Erdős

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Erd%C5%91s

    From a New York Times article we get

    Paul Erdös

    http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/h/hoffman-man.h...

    An Oakland University http://www.oakland.edu/enp/ article spells it

    Paul Erdös

    It is pronounced "Air-Dish"

    If you have had a mathematics paper published it is quite the status symbol to have an "Erdős" number. The number pf people required to link your paper to any one of his is your Erdős number. The smaller the number, the more impressive is your Erdős number.

    • Judy
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      6 years agoReport

      Thanks, both of you.

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  • 6 years ago

    I assume you mean the Hungarian mathematician, Paul Erdős

    By the way, that's a Hungarian letter ő (o with double acute accent). You'll sometimes see it mistakenly shown as an o umlaut (ö - o with double dots). That is incorrect.

    • Judy
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      6 years agoReport

      Thanks. You have the right guy. I heard an interview on the radio about him a long time ago. Sounded like an interesting character.

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