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Who needs a diamond when we have plenty of beautiful rocks to choose from?

## Erdős’ age anecdote

Paul Erdős, the most prolific mathematician in history, always made jokes about his age. He said for instance that he is 2.5 billion years old, because in his youth the age of the Earth was said to be 2 billion years old and around 1970, it was known to be 4.5 billion years.

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## http://mathematica.tumblr.com/post/90451384578/hyliasknight-i-just-learned-about-mcnugget

I just learned about

McNugget numbers.Since McNuggets can only be ordered in specified quantities from Mcdonalds then it is possible to buy certain quantities of Mcnuggets by making linear combinations of the box sizes.

So when it was only possible to order Mcnuggets in…

## There was a time at Trinity College, in the 1930s I believe, when Erdős and my husband, Harold, sat thinking in a public place for more than an hour without uttering a single word. Then Harold broke the long silence, by saying, “It is not nought. It is one.” Then all was relief and joy. Everyone around them thought they were mad. Of course, they were.

—Anne Davenport, quoted in Paul Hoffman’s *The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth.* (via deflect)

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## There was a seminar for advanced students in Zürich that I was teaching and von Neumann was in the class. I came to a certain theorem, and I said it is not proved and it may be difficult. Von Neumann didn’t say anything but after five minutes he raised his hand. When I called on him he went to the blackboard and proceeded to write down the proof. After that I was afraid of von Neumann.

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Wíííí, hungarian mathematicians are everywhere!

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