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N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös (1993)

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N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos is a 1993 biographical documentary about the life of mathematician Paul Erdos, directed by George Paul Csicsery.

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N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos is a 1993 biographical documentary about the life of mathematician Paul Erdos, directed by George Paul Csicsery.

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The story of a wandering mathematician obsessed with unsolved problems.


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At the end of the list of people in the film: "and various Epsilons" (Erdos's term for children). See more »


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Worse Than Erdos' Sense of Humour
7 February 2016 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Documentary about Paul Erdos, a Hungarian mathematician and a weirdo with the worst sense of humour ever. It's completely uninformative, but it doesn't strive to be anything more. Awful, awful stuff, almost no redeeming value.

However, there is the bit where he says that he has an abnormality, that he can't stand sexual pleasure, which is highly usable stuff to show the correlation between intelligence and dislike of sex. Also, there was a beautiful scene where we meet some Harvard math professors, a married couple, who provide Erdos with a shelter in the USA. The guy jumps on the trampoline, doing flips and stuff all the while being being dressed like you imagine a math professour being dressed. We see that scene through the basement window, where his Asian waifu and Erdos play ping pong. Glorious scene in this otherwise bad movie.

Made me put the Budapest Anonymus statue on the itinerary for a future Budapest trip.

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