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Homage to an Itinerant Master

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Science  07 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5301, pp. 759
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5301.759

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SAN DIEGO—The mathematics community paid tribute at a meeting here last month to one of its legendary figures: Paul Erdös, who died last September. Erdös is considered the most prolific mathematician ever, yet he had no permanent home and no formal job after 1954—only a vast succession of collaborators and a gift for problems that opened productive new areas of research.