By G. H. Hardy
G. H. Hardy used to be one in all this century's most interesting mathematical thinkers, popular between his contemporaries as a 'real mathematician ... the purest of the pure'. He used to be additionally, as C. P. Snow recounts in his Foreword, 'unorthodox, eccentric, radical, able to discuss anything'. This 'apology', written in 1940 as his mathematical powers have been declining, bargains a super and interesting account of arithmetic as a great deal greater than a technological know-how; whilst it used to be first released, Graham Greene hailed it along Henry James's notebooks as 'the most sensible account of what it was once wish to be an inventive artist'. C. P. Snow's Foreword offers sympathetic and witty insights into Hardy's existence, with its wealthy shop of anecdotes bearing on his collaboration with the intense Indian mathematician Ramanujan, his aphorisms and idiosyncrasies, and his ardour for cricket. it is a special account of the fascination of arithmetic and of 1 of its so much compelling exponents nowa days.
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