I was flicking through these slides by Prof. Richard Brent, wherein we have:

Erdős (1955, in Hebrew) gave an upper bound M(n) = o(n2) as n → ∞. After some encouragement by Linnik and Vinogradov, he proved (1960, in Russian) that ... [asymptotic formula]. (screenshot)

If I'm interpreting this correctly, Erdős has publications in both Hebrew and Russian. I've read some of his papers in English, and I'm guessing he'd have some in Hungarian too. Hence...

Question: How many languages does Paul Erdős have publications in?

The references in the slides are are:

P. Erdős, Some remarks on number theory, Riveon Lematematika 9 (1955), 45–48 (Hebrew).

P. Erdős, An asymptotic inequality in the theory of numbers, Vestnik Leningrad Univ. 15, 13 (1960), 41–49 (Russian). For a correction, see MR603312 (82c:10053).


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According to the Index of P. Erdös's papers he has at least 2 papers in each of the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Russian

It is said that he once wanted to publish a paper in Kurdish but he wasn't able to do so because he could not find a Kurdish math journal...

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    $\begingroup$ Hm! No Italian or Portuguese? Or Esperanto!?!? :) $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 3, 2022 at 23:37

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