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A Mathematician’s Apology
G. H. Hardy's 'apology', written in 1940, offers an engaging account of mathematics as much more than a science. When it was first published, literary critic Graham Greene hailed it alongside writer Henry James's notebooks as 'the best account of what it was like to be a creative artist'.
Hardy was one of the 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'.
C. P. Snow's foreword gives insights into Hardy's life, with its rich store of anecdotes concerning his collaboration with the brilliant Indian mathematician Ramanujan, his idiosyncrasies and his passion for cricket.
A Mathematician's Apology is part of Cambridge's new Canto Classics series, a new series of paperbacks representing some of the highlights from Cambridge's past publishing.
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Friday, 1 June 2012
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