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"Mathematician's Apology" Part 2

The first line of his A Mathematician’s Apology, G.H. Hardy, world renown English mathematician of the late 19th, early 20th century, notes his state of mind at the time of writing as one of melancholy. 581 more words

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"Mathematician's Apology" Part 1

G.H. Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology

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I must have read the back cover of A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy, before I bought it. The notes included an endorsement by Graham Green, who “hailed it alongside Henry James’s notebooks ‘as the best account of what it is like to be a creative artist’.”  I have always had a desire to be creative, which I have been satisfying lately through my watercolor sketches. 438 more words

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Remembering Dad

Dad died 7 years ago yesterday (November 30 by the lunar calendar).  Thoughts of him have been in the back of my mind all month. 483 more words

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Dead Blogging 'A Disappearing Number' at Central Square Theater

Well the Missus and I trundled over to Central Square yesterday to catch the Catalyst Collaborative production of A Disappearing Number and, say, it was . 144 more words

Srinivasa Ramanujan and G. H. Hardy: Notes on the 100th Anniversary of their Friendship at the Height of Empire

Sometimes communion is harder to parse than antagonism. What leads people to take risks and violate taboos to express solidarity and friendship? This is a central question for E. 512 more words

My take on 'A Mathematician's Apology'...

Until relatively recently, I possessed a commonplace view of mathematics as being a subject that is simply a tool for other subjects. It saddens me now, that for all the comparison to creative arts that pure maths can be, we very often just focus on its applications rather than the existence of patterns and I daresay  727 more words

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