ERDŐS 100 PLUS
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Concentrating on the legacy of Paul Erdős in mathematics, Erdős 100 Plus is a DVD compilation of ten videos totaling 180 minutes.
The anchor piece is Erdős 100, a 30-minute video prepared for the centennial celebration in 2013 of Paul Erdős's birth. It contains new interviews mixed with never-before-seen outtakes from N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős.
Four of the videos on the DVD feature scenes from the raw interviews conducted with Erdős between 1988 and 1991 for N is a Number. The 112 minutes of largely unedited Erdős interviews appear in four sequences compiled according to the dates and cities where the interviews were filmed. Although most of the material is in English, the four videos are subtitled.
The DVD includes Something New Every Day, a 21-minute film completed in 2015 on the occasion of Ron Graham's 80th birthday.
Four short pieces about the development of combinatorics, and the probabilistic method are also included. One of these, Large Gaps Between Primes, concerns the distribution of prize money offered by Erdős for the solution of a problem, and features James Maynard, one of several people to solve the problem.
Original Paul Erdős interviews
(outtakes from N is a Number)
10 videos (180 minutes)
A video celebrating the 100th birthday of Paul Erdős, one of the 20th century's greatest mathematicians
Concentrating on the legacy of Paul Erdős in mathematics, Erdős 100 presents interviews filmed in 2012 and 2013 with mathematicians László Lovász, Endre Szemerédi, Vera Sós, László Babai, András Hajnal, Ronald Graham and others, mixed with never-before-seen outtakes from the 1993 film N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős.
Erdős 100 premiered at two screenings at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary on July 2 and July 3, 2013 as part of the Erdős Centennial conference and celebrations.
Something New Every Day
The Math & Magic of Ron Graham
A film by George Csicsery
This 21-minute film was prepared for Ron Graham's 80th birthday. It celebrates Graham's remarkable career as a mathematician and magician, as well as his important leadership roles in many of the institutions that support the pursuit of mathematics throughout the world. The film contains outtakes from the film N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős that were shot between 1988 and 1991, scenes from a day of filming at Graham's December 1999 retirement event at Bell Labs, and interviews filmed for Erdős 100, a 30-minute film that was screened at Paul Erdős's 100th birthday celebration in Budapest in 2013. In addition there are dozens of stills provided by Ron Graham, and by the filmmaker, George Csicsery.
The film premiered on June 15, 2015 at Connections in Discrete Mathematics: A Celebration of the Work of Ron Graham, held June 15-19, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.
Something New Every Day: The Math & Magic of Ron Graham was made possible with generous support from the Elwyn & Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation.
Paul Erdős in The Dancing Saints, an icon mural by Mark Dukes at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Credits for Erdős 100 Plus
Production of the Erdős 100 Plus DVD was supported by generous donations from the following:
Ching-Wu Chu & May Chu
Fiscal sponsorship was provided by the San Francisco Film Society.
Thanks to the Erdős-Bacon Documentary crew for their help in filming the 2013 interview with Tomasz Łuczak.
Thanks to the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) for permission to use an interview with James Maynard.
Post-production subtitling and editing