Paul Halmos

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Paul Halmos

Paul Richard Halmos (born March 3, 1916) is a Hungarian-born American mathematician who has done research in the fields of probability theory, statistics, operator theory, ergodic theory, and functional analysis (in particular Hilbert spaces).

He is noted for a number of expository books, viewed by many to be well written, including Naive Set Theory, Introduction to Hilbert Space and the Theory of Spectral Multiplicity, Lectures on Boolean Algebras, and Finite-Dimensional Vector Spaces. His autobiography, published in 1987, is titled I Want to Be a Mathematician.

The use of "iff" to abbreviate "if and only if" is sometimes mistakenly credited to Halmos; however, he has said that he borrowed this notation. The use of the "tombstone" notation to signify the end of a proof is also credited to him; the tombstone symbol ∎ is sometimes called a halmos.

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