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A Mathematician S Apology Is The Famous Essay By British Mathematician G H Hardy It Concerns The Aesthetics Of Mathematics With Some Personal Content, And Gives The Layman An Insight Into The Mind Of A Working Mathematician Indeed, This Book Is Often Considered One Of The Best Insights Into The Mind Of A Working Mathematician Written For The Layman I wanted to read this book though of an essay , because I had read a number of others that made reference to it.It s very interesting and the blunt honesty of Hardy when presenting his apologies makes a good read However, there are a number of spelling mistakes that frankly, I do not know if they feature in the original work, but it s a little irritating None of them are illegible, but an annoyance all the same. This essay by one of the great pure mathematicians is rightly famous, but not for the right reasons The author s central thesis that real mathematics is, like the other forms of art, wholly useless was shown to be wrong shortly after his death The wholly useless theory of numbers, in which Hardy spent most of his professional life, is in fact of paramount importance these days When you buy this book from the only reason you can be assured that naughty people won t steal your credit card number in transit is because of work done by pure mathematicians, and Hardy s own work has proven to be important in physics.Hardy is writing for the non mathematical layman here, so the book is very approachable, with only a minimum of elementary mathematics in it, which he provides as examples, and all of which should be accessible to anyone, including small children and Media Studies students His intention is to provide a view into the mind of real mathematicians and explain the fascination that some people have with his wholly useless subject And I suppose he does a decent job of that.But in my opinion, the best bit is the foreword by C P Snow, which first appeared in the 1967 edition, 20 years after Hardy s death That is a clear, touching but critical in parts portrait, and would be worth reading on its own Hardy s essay is just a bonus. Bought this for my Daughter but read it before her It is a very interesting read, he was definitely a man from his time His social comments on individuals abilities and talents would cause outrage in he was interviewed on TV today However, I think it doesn t distract from the unquestionable logic he applies to the discussion It was fascinating to discover what he considered to be interesting and important maths and it left one considering if he would have felt the same if he had seem the incredible rise in the importance of computer technology A good advert for listening to radio 4 to discover interesting books. This book was a present for my son in law who is a mathematician and he liked it. Makes mathematics sound both exciting and an art form and gives a brilliant insight into the mind of the mathematician. OK, Believe me if I had been dissatisfied you would know by know. If you have already encountered A Mathematician s Apology, I very much doubt you will demur from my review title If not read at once Little need be said except the basics this is an insight into mathematics, and why mathematicians persue it, by a leading professional mathematician of the early 20th century Hardy was, however, a very unusual personality in many ways by the standards of mathematicians His strange personality and, oddly for such an avowed atheist, his very strong spirituality, make for a poetic yet precise approach to his topic The preface by C.P Snow is a masterpiece of character study, and essential reading so as best to appreciate Hardy s own thoughts The only drawback of the Kindle edition is the lack of the splendid cover picture used for so many years on the Cambridge University Press print editions By the way, no experience or ability in mathematics is needed to enjoy, and benefit from, this book Quite the contrary, both mathematicians and those to whom mathematics is a closed book will relish Hardy s work in different ways That is the remarkable achievement of this niche classic.