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What is the median Erdős number of Fields Medalists?

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Answer: 3
Of course, as time passes, the smallest Erdős number that can still be achieved will necessarily increase, as mathematicians with low Erdős numbers die and become unavailable for collaboration.

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Is 36 a perfect number?

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Answer: No, it's not!
Adding up the divisors of 36: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6 + 9 + 12 + 18 = 55

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Which mathematician has an Erdős number of zero (0)?

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Answer: Paul Erdős, of course!
As the Erdős number describes the "collaborative distance" in authorship of mathematical papers between mathematician Paul Erdős and another person it is only natural that Paul Erdős holds this position.

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What is Bertrand Russell's Erdős number?

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Answer: 3
Russell collaborated very little and no Erdös number can be found using research articles. But, as pointed out by Sachi Sri Kantha at "the Erdös number project" Russell and Albert Einstein did coauthor the Russell-Einstein "Peace" Manifesto of 1955.

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What is the sum of the angles of a triangle?

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Answer: 180 degrees
The angles of a triangle always sum to 180 degrees.



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