A Mathematician's Apology

A Mathematician's Apology

Written in 1940 as his mathematical powers were declining, G.H. Hardy's apology offers an engaging account of the thoughts of a man known for his eccentricities as well as his brilliance in mathematics....

Title:A Mathematician's Apology
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780521427067
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  • BlackOxford

    A Serious Business of TasteThe dominant theme of A Mathematician’s Apology, established from the first page, is one of aesthetics. Aesthetics, the study of what is inherently important and valuable,...

  • Fiona

    I nearly studied maths at university, because of this book.When I was sixteen, I was scared of the grades and numbers end of academia, and I was determined that whatever I was going to study - and it ...

  • Nick

    Amusing, even if it was as sad as the introduction suggested. Read it in high school, but haven't since. Glad I took another crack at it. It just about made me want to crack open one of my math books!...

  • Graychin

    I wonder how much my enjoyment of this book was hampered by my mathematical incompetence. Not too much, I hope. CP Snow’s introduction is as good as the book, but you can’t fault Hardy with not gi...

  • Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)

    The text may be found at http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~mss/misc...I had the good fortune to come across this title just as I was finally beginning to see the glimmers of beauty in mathematics thanks to...

  • Jake

    Recently I started teaching myself to program. An article I read recommended Project Euler, which is a set of math exercises intended to be completed with computer code. So for the last few months I'v...

  • Roy Lotz

    The first thing the reader of this book will notice is that Hardy is an excellent writer. Although he repeatedly insists that his only talent lay in his mathematical ability, it is clear that he is a ...

  • Phil

    I object not to the message, but rather its form. Essentially, GH argues that mathematics is worth the world's time and effort--that it is a beautiful, creative, and noble pursuit. I'm already convinc...

  • Douglas

    Here's a reason one might want to read this book. In his introduction, C.P. Snow points out that Hardy's capacity for dissimulation "was always minimial." And he goes on to illustrate this with a pass...

  • Nicolle

    This memoir from G.H Hardy has truly changed my perception of mathematics and mathematicians. Hardy is a remarkable man, though unusual (he likes cricket!) and with collaborations with Littlewood and ...