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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Julian marked it as to-read Feb 05, Littlewood is famous especially for his collaboration with Hardy. Dennis rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Neeraj Singh rated it really liked it Jan 06, Lists with This Book. Active ljttlewood of modern mathematics are things like “category theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects.

Quotations by Littlewood

No trivia or quizzes yet. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Some chapters seem to be merely disparate comments that Littlewood may have jotted down on a scrap of paper or a diary page at random miscelalny.

The latter is definitely a “popular” work, in terms of both subject matter and technical level, littlewoood the Miscellany is not. Common terms and phrases A.

Quotations by J E Littlewood

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Regarding these periods of conscious effort, Littlewood has this to say: Yasiru reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog marked it as to-read Jan 06, Kj marked it as to-read Apr 08, An odd book but one worth perusing. But first, let’s get a few negative observations out of the way.

Paul Leopardi added it May 09, Review of Ramanujans Collected Papers. Eudoxia marked it as to-read Aug 19, Littlewood spent most of his career at Cambridge and the book practically smells of musty chambers in medieval buildings, feasts at high table, and late-night brandy. 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.

Crittens added it Aug 19, Trying to be productive when you don’t really know what needs to be done – the next lemma to prove or the next plot twist to imagine – miscellsny likely to be wasted time.

Either work all out or rest completely. The general reader should, in most instances, have no trouble following the mathematical passages”–Publisher’s description.

Evan marked it as to-read Aug 30, Selected pages Title Page. At one point a miscllany observer commented that England had three great mathematicians: This is pure waste, nothing is done, and you have had no rest or relaxation.


A Mathematicians Miscellany

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Littlewood’s Miscellany is a good choice to read along with G. The joy that Professor Littlewood found liftlewood life and mathematics is reflected in the many amusing anecdotes about his contemporaries, written in his pungent, aphoristic style.