A Mathematician's Apology

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 31, 1992 - Mathematics - 153 pages
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G. H. Hardy was one of this century's finest mathematical thinkers, renowned among his contemporaries as a 'real mathematician ... the purest of the pure'. He was also, as C. P. Snow recounts in his Foreword, 'unorthodox, eccentric, radical, ready to talk about anything'. This 'apology', written in 1940 as his mathematical powers were declining, offers a brilliant and engaging account of mathematics as very much more than a science; when it was first published, Graham Greene hailed it alongside Henry James's notebooks as 'the best account of what it was like to be a creative artist'. C. P. Snow's Foreword gives sympathetic and witty insights into Hardy's life, with its rich store of anecdotes concerning his collaboration with the brilliant Indian mathematician Ramanujan, his aphorisms and idiosyncrasies, and his passion for cricket. This is a unique account of the fascination of mathematics and of one of its most compelling exponents in modern times.
 

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Why is the mathematician apologizing? Because although he became an Oxford don and left something permanent in the field of pure mathematics, he did nothing to improve the life of others. It was a ... Read full review

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A Mathematician's Apology has been on my mental reading list for a long time and, like many titles on that mental list, I cannot understand how I didn't read it before. The edition contains a 50 page ... Read full review

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