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By G. H. Hardy

G. H. Hardy used to be considered one of this century's best 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, bargains an excellent and interesting account of arithmetic as a great deal greater than a technological know-how; whilst it was once first released, Graham Greene hailed it along Henry James's notebooks as 'the most sensible account of what it was once prefer to be an artistic artist'. C. P. Snow's Foreword offers sympathetic and witty insights into Hardy's lifestyles, with its wealthy shop of anecdotes bearing on his collaboration with the bright Indian mathematician Ramanujan, his idiosyncrasies, and his ardour for cricket. this can be a certain account of the fascination of arithmetic and of 1 of its such a lot compelling exponents nowa days.

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Brown succumbs, ruins his parents, takes to drink, is saved from delirium tremens during a thunderstorm only by the prayers of the Junior Dean, has much difficult in obtaining even an Ordinary Degree, and ultimately becomes a missionary. The friendship is not shattered by these unhappy events, and Flowers’s thought stray to Brown, with affectionate pity, as he drinks port and eats walnuts for the first time in Senior Combination Room. Now Flowers was a decent enough fellow (so far as ‘Alan St Aubyn’ could draw one), but even my unsophisticated mind refused to accept him as clever.

But there are other questions to be considered, and in particular that of the ‘utility’ (or uselessness) of mathematics, about which there is much confusion of thought. We must also consider whether mathematics is really quite so ‘harmless’ as I took for granted in my Oxford lecture. A science or an art may be said to be ‘useful’ if its development increases, even indirectly, the material well-being and 15 I believe that it is now regarded as a merit in a problem that there should be many variations of the same type.

The mathematics which has this ‘tremendous effect’ on the ‘daily avocations of men’ and on ‘the organization of society’ is not the Whitehead but the Hogben mathematics. The mathematics which can be used ‘for ordinary purposes by ordinary men’ is negligible, and that which can be used by economists or sociologist hardly rises to ‘scholarship standard’. The Whitehead mathematics may affect astronomy or physics profoundly, philosophy only appreciably— high thinking of one kind is always likely to affect high thinking of another—but it has extremely little effect on anything else.

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