This book contains the longest forward I have ever encountered, and the forward is worth the price of the book. The thoughts and history of these 20th century events will fascinate anyone with an interest in math.
Jul 9, 2009
What is the cause for which we live humbly?,
For Hardy, it was Mathematical Creativity. His last great work, "A Mathematician's Apology" represents one man's dissolution and subsequent crystallization of lament, despair, and acceptance: the same that will inevitably veil us all, perhaps not though, to the same extent. I believe Hardy's trepidations surrounding death had less to do with corporeal existence than acknowledging the slow demise of his postcard universe of a bygone Cambridge - that Ivory Tower teeming with the greatest minds of his generation, all players in the graceful game of numbers.
Credit must also be given to C.P Snow. His foreword to the Author, forestalls any bias we may have before Hardy makes his personal introduction, and Snow is careful not to daub exaggerations or hypocritical praises, balancing sixteen years of acquaintanceship quite comprehensively in his short introduction. His part, though asymmetric in comparision with Hardy's, is nonetheless equally important
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