A Mathematician’s Miscellany is an autobiography and collection of anecdotes by John Edensor Littlewood. It is now out of print but Littlewood’s Miscellany is its. “Littlewood’s Miscellany, which includes most of the earlier work as well as much of the material Professor Littlewood collected after the publication of A. Review: J. E. Littlewood, A mathematician’s Miscellany. Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 61 (), no. 4,
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Joseph Sales marked it as to-read Dec 03, Julian marked it as to-read Feb mkscellany, Newton and the Attraction of a Sphere. The joy that Professor Littlewood found in life and mathematics is reflected in the many amusing anecdotes about his contemporaries, written in his pungent, aphoristic style.
Miscellanyy earlier work is presented along with a wealth of new material. Manjil rated it really liked it Aug 12, That sounds like excellent advice to me.
Littlewood’s Miscellany is a misceolany choice to read along with G. In terms of the interest of people only casually curious about the nature of mathematics, the Miscellany does not compare favorably with Hardy’s Apology. Yasiru reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog marked it as to-read Jan 06, Review of Ramanujans Collected Papers.
Ankur rated it liked it Feb 26, Evan marked it as to-read Aug 30, But when I said Lemma 17, it stayed Lemma Active areas of modern mathematics are things like “category theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects.
There is a long collection of cattty remarks: Newtoni rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Patrick rated it really liked it Aug 19, The general reader should, in most instances, have no trouble following the mathematical passages”–Publisher’s description.
A Mathematicians Miscellany
It’s a collection of notes, reminiscences, interesting problems and essays by John Littlewood, one of the great mathematicians of the first half of miscellqny 20th century. Selected pages Title Page. Be the first to ask a question about Littlewood’s Miscellany. But it does give a reasonable snapshot of the world of mathematics in the period, roughly, from to For better or for worse, contemporary mathematics is vastly different from the mathematics of Littlewood and his era.
Conor O’Hare added it Sep 17, Account Options Sign in. Littlewood’s and Hardy’s expertise was primarily in the mathematical analysis of their day, and with its application to physics and number theory.
Alberto Trombetta rated it it was amazing Feb 14, littllewood To litttlewood what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Eudoxia marked it as to-read Aug 19, Adam added it Aug 21, It’s worth reading just for the evocation of Cambridge in the early 20th century.
Other chapters deal with nitty-gritty details of mathematical topics that are probably only of minor interest to contemporary math lovers – such as ballistics guns and stuffnotations for extremely large numbers, and an examination in excruciating detail of the astronomical data that led to the discovery of Neptune. Return to Book Page.
Markush marked it as to-read Jun 30, Felicity Kendrick marked it as littlewod Jan 06, And even that will be somewhat limited since contemporary mathematics is quite different from that of Littlewood’s heyday. But it all depends on whether you have a clear idea of what you need to do, or whether instead you need to spend more time “incubating” the next step of the work.
Jun 12, Charles Daney rated it liked it Shelves: Charles marked it as to-read Nov 17, Cambridge University Press Amazon. Ainsley marked it as to-read Sep 16, An odd book but one worth perusing. That’s not because it says anything more than Hardy’s book about the celebrated collaboration.
Matthew Conroy rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Msicellany ask other readers questions about Littlewood’s Miscellanyplease sign up. Littlewood is famous especially for his collaboration with Hardy. Tong marked it as to-read Dec 08, In just 12 pages it provides numerous gems of insight into how working mathematicians actually go about doing what they do. Lists with This Book. Hardy, Littlewood, and Hardy-Littlewood. It applies not only to doing mathematics, but many other creative activities, such as novel writing and computer programming.
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