A Mathematician's Apology

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

A Mathematician's Apology is an essay about mathematics which was written in 1940.

Overview[change | edit source]

It was written by a British mathematician called G. H. Hardy (1877—1947).[1] He used the essay to try to justify spending his life working on mathematics. It is said he wrote it for two reasons:

  1. He was getting old and found it more difficult to work on mathematics. He spent time writing the essay instead because discovering new mathematical ideas was too hard for him.
  2. He believed that mathematics should be investigated for interest, instead of for making other things like weapons.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Hardy biography". www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk. http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Hardy.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  • G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology, Cambridge University Press (1940). 153 pages. ISBN 0-521-42706-1.