Miklós Laczkovich on Cutting Triangles

  • Alexander Soifer


This story–as many of my stories–begins with Paul Erdős.

In March 1989, Paul Erdős visited me in Colorado Springs for the first time. When our weeklong work was done, Paul asked me to drive him to Boulder to the house of Jan Mycielski, our mutual friend–and a fine mathematician with the broadest mathematical repertoire. The moment we sat down in Mycielski’s house (or were we still standing?), Jan shocked us with the news: the young Hungarian mathematician Miklós Laczkovich had just solved the famous Tarski’s Circle-Squaring Problem. Paul Erdős replied with delight and surprise, “I knew he [Laczkovich] was clever, but I did not know that he was that clever.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Letters, Arts and SciencesUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsUSA

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