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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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A Mathematicians Miscellany

In just 12 pages it provides numerous gems of insight into how working mathematicians actually go about doing what they do.

Martina marked it as to-read Apr 12, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Manjil rated it really liked it Aug 12, There is a long collection of cattty remarks: And even that will be somewhat limited since contemporary mathematics is quite different from that of Littlewpod heyday. Patrick Whittle added miscellnay Feb 25, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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James Klagge rated it it was ok Nov 12, Besides that, the final chapter on “The Mathematician’s Art of Work” is worth the whole price of the book. littleood

Joseph Sales marked it as to-read Dec 03, Academic life in Cambridge especially in Trinity College is viewed through the eyes of one of its greatest figures. Cambridge University Press Amazon. Common terms and phrases A. Jess Holland added it May 01, Paul Leopardi added it May 09, Hardy, Littlewood, and Hardy-Littlewood.

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An odd book but one worth perusing. My miscellxny Help Advanced Book Search. Neeraj Singh rated it really liked it Jan 06, Ainsley marked it as to-read Sep 16, Jason Verwey marked it as to-read Apr 29, Littlewood spent most of his career at Cambridge and the book practically smells of musty chambers in med An odd book but one worth perusing.

But readers must understand that his topics are not as prominent in contemporary mathematics as they once were. Jamie marked it as to-read Nov 27, Open Preview See a Problem? It applies not only to doing mathematics, but many other creative activities, such as novel writing and computer programming. The Mathematicians Art of Work.

Mihalis rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Either work all out or rest completely. Aug 16, Ari rated it liked it. Littlewood has no more to say about that than the latter did. Adam added it Aug 21, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


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. All that said, the Miscellany is still very much worth reading for the seriously mathematically curious.

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Felicity Kendrick marked it as to-read Jan 06, Littlewood is famous especially for his collaboration with Hardy. 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. Jerzy marked it as to-read Nov 26, Littlewood’s earlier work is presented along with a wealth of new material.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Tong marked it as to-read Dec 08, Patrick rated it really liked it Aug 19, At one point his teammates saw him on his knees praying: The Discovery of Neptune.