16 January 2008

A Mathematician's Apology available online

Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology is available online. (It's in the public domain in Canada, although not in the US.)

I'll refrain from commenting -- obviously I have thoughts, but I have things I really should be doing instead of trying to articulate them (like preparing for the class I'm teaching tomorrow morning!) -- and just let Hardy's work, one of the classic answers to questions such as "What is mathematics?" and "Why do mathematics?", stand on its own.

1 comment:

shade said...

Thanks for pointing this out. I've long wanted to read this, but have not wanted to pay $15 for a book that is really just a thick pamphlet. This electronic edition is riddled with annoying typos, but it's easy enough to read past them and substitute the letters and words that Hardy had in mind.