Talk:Paul Erdős

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in the main article Erdós is said to be agnostic, however in the linked Mathematical beauty article he is said to be an atheist. This conflict should be researched and there should be ushered in beauty of uniformity.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 13:41, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Paul Erdős: alphabetization criteria et cœtera...[edit]

[I have wrote the following to Mr. Rubin at his discussion page...]


Respectable Wiki-Editor,

Of your user page...:

  1. This user is a relatively famous Wikipedian: Arthur Rubin;
  2. Note: I didn't write that, but I don't feel comfortable taking it out. — Arthur Rubin | (talk).
  • My note about this: I dont know you, but that words seemed to express a sincere feeling. I hope his/her maybe quite correct!

Let us go to the goal...

Honourable Mr. Rubin,

I think I have understood why you have reverted the alphabetization I have proposed for two or three times at Paul Erdős article.

In fact — last time — , you have commented the revertions as follows:

  1. 01:19 7 february 2007 (Revert failed alphabetization AGAIN)
  1. 01:21 7 february 2007 (Let's try this sort, if yoy want to alphabetize)

If you appreciate [FAMILY NAME, FIRST NAME] form (Nothing against it. I do appreciate this too!...), then, accordingly, at "COLABORATIONS" TOPIC, it must appear, for example:

  1. * Alavi, Yousef;
  2. * Bollobas, Bela;
  3. * (and so the following..., until Wrinkler, Peter, naturally, the last)

And, so, this "in fact"-alphabetized set would make sense: to provide quick and easy seeking, don't you agree?

On the other side — but under the same theme — why revertion done at "EXTERNAL LINKS" TOPIC? I really do not understand it. If Wikipedia Policies & Rules prescribe it in such manner, please, can you report it to me?

As you have seen — I think so — I am not an "anglo-culture native user", but a foreign ("alien" or "stranger"...) one, from Brasil. But I, naturally, want to obey or conform to the "Anglophone-Wikipedia home rules", not conform to mine.

So, my zealous wiki-editor... Can you answer me these questions, and solve these doubts?

Finally, can you post your answer to these questions on my discussion page?

Best wiki-salutations!

EgídioCampos, 14:20, 7 February 2007 (UTC)


User:D.Lazard reverted my edit, saying "Unsourced religion (the article says that he was atheist)". When I said that both his parents were Jewish according this article he changed his argument saying now that "Asserting that someone with jewish parents is necessarily jewish is racism". I say there is a whole Category:Jewish atheists and Jewishness is a nationality as well as religion and that it's strange to hide the fact that Erdos was Jewish. Farthermore, this source says that he was "forced to leave Hungary because he was Jewish". By the way, he was also buried in the Jewish cemetery in Budapest. How more Jewish can you be? I'd like having more opinions about that. עמירם פאל (talk) 11:04, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

Please don't be ridiculous: anyone who wants to know his religion can find it discussed, and anyone who wants to know his parentage or ancestry can also find it discussed. Both are given appropriate weight in the biography. --JBL (talk) 11:43, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
Edit: actually I don't care about the category at all; given the totally absurd content of your comment here I assumed you were trying to add it to the lead. --JBL (talk) 11:45, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
JBL, sorry, but I didn't quite understand, does that mean you're for or against adding the Category:Jewish Hungarian mathematicians to this article? עמירם פאל (talk) 11:54, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
WP:EGRS#General says explicitly that a categorization such as Category:Jewish Hungarian mathematicians must be avoided as "a cross-section of a topic with an ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation". Moreover WP:NONDEF excludes also this categorization. See also WP:OCEGRS and Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2007 May 14#Category:Jewish mathematicians. So Category:Jewish Hungarian mathematicians goes against many standard Wikipedia guidelines. D.Lazard (talk) 13:52, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
@עמירם פאל: Sorry. To clarify: I have no opinion about the category. (Generally, I find the questions of categorization on Wikipedia arcane and tedious, so I don't care to involve myself in them much. Certainly it is true that Erdos was of Jewish ethnicity, Hungarian nationality, and was a mathematician.) --JBL (talk) 02:17, 27 April 2020 (UTC)


Surprised there is zero on his amphetamine drug abuse which was central to his being so prolific. 2A00:23C7:F486:A00:B56D:F4E1:799F:4221 (talk) 13:45, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

This is covered in three sentences in the section "Personality". --JBL (talk) 14:41, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

Why no mention of the Erdos-Bacon number?[edit]

It's a little lighthearted, perhaps fun-loving powers that be consider if frivolous, but at the point that both have their own Wikis it seems like it would be worth a sentence. (talk) 05:34, 25 March 2021 (UTC)

It's mentioned at Erdős number. There are articles for Bacon number and Erdős–Bacon number. At one time there was an article Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number, but it was deleted by consensus as being not notable. Erdos-Bacon number has been proposed for deletion several times but has survived. Sundayclose (talk) 14:58, 25 March 2021 (UTC)