A Mathematician s Apology

A Mathematician s Apology

This is a unique account of the fascination of mathematics and of one of its most compelling exponents in modern times.

Author: G. H. Hardy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521427061

Category: Mathematics

Page: 153

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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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A Mathematician s Apology

A Mathematician s Apology

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A Mathematician's Apology is a 1940 essay by British mathematician G. H. Hardy.

Author: Frederic P. Miller

Publisher: Alphascript Publishing

ISBN: 6132848754

Category: Mathematics

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A Mathematician's Apology is a 1940 essay by British mathematician G. H. Hardy. It concerns the aesthetics of mathematics with some personal content, and gives the layman an insight into the mind of a working mathematician. In the book's title, Hardy uses the word apology in the sense of a formal justification or defense, not in the sense of a plea for forgiveness. Hardy felt the need to justify his life's work in mathematics at this time mainly for two reasons. Firstly, at age 62, Hardy felt the approach of old age and the decline of his mathematical creativity and skills. By devoting time to writing the Apology, Hardy was admitting that his own time as a creative mathematician was finished. In his foreword to the 1967 edition of the book, C. P. Snow describes the Apology as a passionate lament for creative powers that used to be and that will never come again. In Hardy's words, Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds. It is a melancholy experience for a professional mathematician to find himself writing about mathematics.
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A Study Guide for G H Hardy s A Mathematician s Apology

A Study Guide for G  H  Hardy s  A Mathematician s Apology

This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410352330

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for G. H. Hardy's "A Mathematician's Apology," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Nonfiction Classics for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Nonfiction Classics for Students for all of your research needs.
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A Mathematician s Apology

A Mathematician s Apology

Author: Godfrey Harold Hardy

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ISBN: OCLC:1014791934

Category: Mathematics

Page: 153

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The G H Hardy Reader

The G  H  Hardy Reader

G. H. Hardy ranks among the greatest twentieth-century mathematicians. This book introduces this extraordinary individual and his writing.

Author: Donald J. Albers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107135550

Category: Computers

Page: 380

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G. H. Hardy (1877-1947) ranks among the great mathematicians of the twentieth century. He did essential research in number theory and analysis, held professorships at Cambridge and Oxford, wrote important textbooks as well as the classic A Mathematician's Apology, and famously collaborated with J. E. Littlewood and Srinivasa Ramanujan. Hardy was a colorful character with remarkable expository skills. This book is a feast of G. H. Hardy's writing. There are selections of his mathematical papers, his book reviews, his tributes to departed colleagues. Some articles are serious, whereas others display a wry sense of humor. And there are recollections by those who knew Hardy, along with biographical and mathematical pieces written explicitly for this collection. Fans of Hardy should find much here to like. And for those unfamiliar with his work, The G. H. Hardy Reader provides an introduction to this extraordinary individual.
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Mathematics without Apologies

Mathematics without Apologies

A Disappearing Number, 286 A Doll's House, 52 A First Class Man, 286 A
Mathematicians Apology, xiii, 63, 75–76, 99n, 279–80, 286–89, 295, 307–9,
342n34, 355m10, 392né7 Abel Prize, 12, 26, 330n 18, 364n24, 391n54 Absolute
, 193–94, ...

Author: Michael Harris

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691175836

Category: Mathematics

Page: 464

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What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers—for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications—this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly, journalistic, and pop culture sources. Drawing on his personal experiences and obsessions as well as the thoughts and opinions of mathematicians from Archimedes and Omar Khayyám to such contemporary giants as Alexander Grothendieck and Robert Langlands, Michael Harris reveals the charisma and romance of mathematics as well as its darker side. In this portrait of mathematics as a community united around a set of common intellectual, ethical, and existential challenges, he touches on a wide variety of questions, such as: Are mathematicians to blame for the 2008 financial crisis? How can we talk about the ideas we were born too soon to understand? And how should you react if you are asked to explain number theory at a dinner party? Disarmingly candid, relentlessly intelligent, and richly entertaining, Mathematics without Apologies takes readers on an unapologetic guided tour of the mathematical life, from the philosophy and sociology of mathematics to its reflections in film and popular music, with detours through the mathematical and mystical traditions of Russia, India, medieval Islam, the Bronx, and beyond.
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Finding Equilibrium

Finding Equilibrium

Mathematics at Chicago It is a commonplace to say that the success of the
natural sciences through the end of the ... a major success after its initial
publication in 1908, wrote about these matters in a poignant essay A
Mathematicians Apology.

Author: Till Düppe

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691156644

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Finding Equilibrium explores the post–World War II transformation of economics by constructing a history of the proof of its central dogma—that a competitive market economy may possess a set of equilibrium prices. The model economy for which the theorem could be proved was mapped out in 1954 by Kenneth Arrow and Gerard Debreu collaboratively, and by Lionel McKenzie separately, and would become widely known as the "Arrow-Debreu Model." While Arrow and Debreu would later go on to win separate Nobel prizes in economics, McKenzie would never receive it. Till Düppe and E. Roy Weintraub explore the lives and work of these economists and the issues of scientific credit against the extraordinary backdrop of overlapping research communities and an economics discipline that was shifting dramatically to mathematical modes of expression. Based on recently opened archives, Finding Equilibrium shows the complex interplay between each man's personal life and work, and examines compelling ideas about scientific credit, publication, regard for different research institutions, and the awarding of Nobel prizes. Instead of asking whether recognition was rightly or wrongly given, and who were the heroes or villains, the book considers attitudes toward intellectual credit and strategies to gain it vis-à-vis the communities that grant it. Telling the story behind the proof of the central theorem in economics, Finding Equilibrium sheds light on the changing nature of the scientific community and the critical connections between the personal and public rewards of scientific work.
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The Publishers Weekly

The Publishers Weekly

IL IVIL a A MATHEMATICIANS APOLOGY Back in print with a Foreword by C. P.
SNOW GH HARDY Foreword by CP Spos A MATHEMATICIAN'S APOLOGY G. H.
HARDY September 29 $ 2.95 more or less continuous program of personal ...

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ISBN: OSU:32435069980332

Category: American literature

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A Mathematical Mosaic

A Mathematical Mosaic

First Steps in Number Theory Rational du Irrational Numbers Number theory is
the field of mathematics that deals with ... In A Mathematician's Apology , the
famous English mathematician G. H. Hardy ( 18771947 ) presents two theorems
as ...

Author: Ravi Vakil

Publisher: Brendan Kelly Pub

ISBN: PSU:000061519824

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

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Ravi Vakil, described in the San Francisco Chronicle as “a legend in the world of math competitions” has finally released his long-awaited second edition of A Mathematical Mosaic: Patterns & Problem Solving. Regarded by many as a seminal book in the field of mathematics competitions, the first edition of A Mathematical Mosaic has received wide acclaim from mathematics teachers, professors and the mathematics community at large. In a review in The Mathematics Teacher, high school teacher John Cocharo wrote, “Without a doubt, this book is a must for any library, teacher's reference or student's amusement.” André Toom in his review in the Mathematical Monthly observed, “[A Mathematical Mosaic] speaks in an interesting and understandable way about number theory, combinatorics, game theory, geometry, and calculus, to say nothing about magic tricks, puzzles and other digressions. What is most important is that whenever Vakil starts to discuss something, he never leaves the reader without a piece of exact, rigorous knowledge.”
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Classics of Mathematics

Classics of Mathematics

1 Introduction It appears to me that if one wants to make progress in mathematics
, one should study the masters and not the pupils . -Niels Henrik Abel From A
Mathematician's Apology * G. H. HARDY If intellectual curiosity , professional ...

Author: Ronald Calinger

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015017280028

Category: Mathematics

Page: 742

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Appropriate for undergraduate and select graduate courses in the history of mathematics, and in the history of science. This edited volume of readings contains more than 130 selections from eminent mathematicians from A h-mose' to Hilbert and Noether. The chapter introductions comprise a concise history of mathematics based on critical textual analysis and the latest scholarship. Each reading is preceded by a substantial biography of its author.
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Mathematics

Mathematics

In the following article Hardy defends the aesthetics of mathematics . It is from A
Mathematician ' s Apology , written in his later years . A MATHEMATICIAN ' S
APOLOGY GODFREY H . HARDY A mathematician , like a painter or a poet , is a
 ...

Author: Fredric N. Misner

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105031636488

Category: Mathematics

Page: 436

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Geometric Etudes in Combinatorial Mathematics

Geometric Etudes in Combinatorial Mathematics

I recommend this book very warmly. —Paul Erdos

Author: Alexander Soifer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387754697

Category: Mathematics

Page: 264

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Geometric Etudes in Combinatorial Mathematics is not only educational, it is inspirational. This distinguished mathematician captivates the young readers, propelling them to search for solutions of life’s problems—problems that previously seemed hopeless. Review from the first edition: The etudes presented here are not simply those of Czerny, but are better compared to the etudes of Chopin, not only technically demanding and addressed to a variety of specific skills, but at the same time possessing an exceptional beauty that characterizes the best of art...Keep this book at hand as you plan your next problem solving seminar. —The American Mathematical Monthly
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Nigerian Journal of Science

Nigerian Journal of Science

BOOK REVIEWS HARDY , G. H. A Mathematician's Apology A Mathematician's
Apology , first published in 1940 , must have been read by most British - trained
mathematicians at least - by those who knew him probably to relive the unique ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015038742279

Category: Science

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The American Mathematical Monthly

The American Mathematical Monthly

What we do get seems consciously coy ( a kind of mathematical l'm - just - telling
- it - like - it - isfolks ) , and largely an exhumation of a point of view amply spoken
for by Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology ( 2 ] . ( Not everyone took Hardy's ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822005895461

Category: Mathematicians

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Journal of the London Mathematical Society

Journal of the London Mathematical Society

His matter , delivery , and hand - writing ( a specimen of which appears on the
dust - cover of A Mathematician's Apology ) were alike fascinating . Though no
original geometer , he fulfilled the conditions of his Oxford chair by lecturing on ...

Author: London Mathematical Society

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ISBN: UCR:31210002335931

Category: Mathematics

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Mathematics Magazine

Mathematics Magazine

They serve the purpose of maintaining a measure of mathematical vitality in
those who read and write about them, but they have the potential to mislead
about the purpose of the mathematical enterprise. In A Mathematician's Apology [
3], G. H. ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B4591254

Category: Mathematics

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The Mathematical Gazette

The Mathematical Gazette

Was it the trenchancy with which he expressed them in A mathematicians's
apology ? Or that Hardy was extremely influential within British mathematics ? Or
that his views resonate with certain English cultural ideals prevalent in the early
years ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822016042434

Category: Mathematics

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The Mathematical Intelligencer

The Mathematical Intelligencer

Hardy was a gifted writer , " the better journalist " of the two ( in Landau's phrase )
; and his meditation on mathematics and mathematicians , A Mathematician's
Apology , has attained something of the status of a classic . Excerpted in the ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822004314258

Category: Electronic journals

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Categories: Electronic journals

The World of Mathematics

The World of Mathematics

Author: James Roy Newman

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105005383117

Category: Mathematics

Page: 2535

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