Who can take prime numbers and find their density

Using only techniques he calls elementary?

P. G. O. M. can show it’s log

P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log

To make it all come true!

Who can take each edge with fixed probability

Put them all together and prove connectivity?

P. G. O. M. can do it asymptotically,

P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log

To make it all come true!

Who’ll tell you that his age

Is more than you would gauge?

By billions you would slight the figure.

Although it can’t be found with rigor,

We’re glad to say its growing bigger.

Couples in his lingo are known as boss and slave.

Put the two together, that’s how epsilons are made,

In Uncle Paul’s slang, oh in Uncle Paul’s slang.

Raise your glasses in a toast, drink the poison you like most

And he’ll respond with O. J.

Who often gets to look

Into God’s perfect book?

Proofs chosen by The Great Librarian

Are elegant and slick, not hairy, an’

They often sound a bit Hungarian!

Who can take a sequence, partition it at will,

Find arithmetic progressions remaining in it still?

P. G. O. M. can, by citing Van der Waerden,

P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log n

To make it all come true!

Who else can help you take

An Erdös number great,

Collaborate with skill and power,

Reduce it to one in an hour,

And have time left to take a shower?

Whose mind is always open to problems old and new,

And who makes his conjectures worth a thousand bucks or two?

Uncle Paul can, and he seldom has to pay.

Just try to solve a few, you’ll find out they’re hard to do,

It always happens that way.

And yet, P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log

To make it all come true!

Using only techniques he calls elementary?

P. G. O. M. can show it’s log

*n*over*n*.P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log

*n*To make it all come true!

Who can take each edge with fixed probability

Put them all together and prove connectivity?

P. G. O. M. can do it asymptotically,

P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log

*n*To make it all come true!

Who’ll tell you that his age

Is more than you would gauge?

By billions you would slight the figure.

Although it can’t be found with rigor,

We’re glad to say its growing bigger.

Couples in his lingo are known as boss and slave.

Put the two together, that’s how epsilons are made,

In Uncle Paul’s slang, oh in Uncle Paul’s slang.

Raise your glasses in a toast, drink the poison you like most

And he’ll respond with O. J.

Who often gets to look

Into God’s perfect book?

Proofs chosen by The Great Librarian

Are elegant and slick, not hairy, an’

They often sound a bit Hungarian!

Who can take a sequence, partition it at will,

Find arithmetic progressions remaining in it still?

P. G. O. M. can, by citing Van der Waerden,

P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log n

To make it all come true!

Who else can help you take

An Erdös number great,

Collaborate with skill and power,

Reduce it to one in an hour,

And have time left to take a shower?

Whose mind is always open to problems old and new,

And who makes his conjectures worth a thousand bucks or two?

Uncle Paul can, and he seldom has to pay.

Just try to solve a few, you’ll find out they’re hard to do,

It always happens that way.

And yet, P. G. O. M. can, he just mumbles log log

*n*To make it all come true!

Paul Erdős said: I’m | ||
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over 55 years | P. G. O. M. | Poor Grand Old Man |

over 60 years | + L. D. | Living Dead |

over 65 years | + A. D. | Archeological Discovery |

over 70 years | + L. D. | Legally Dead |

over 75 years | + C. D. | Counts Dead |

Paul Erdös performs