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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Littlewood begins almost immediately with this: I said ‘Work all out’: Littlewood later least lecture letter Mary Cartwright Math Mathematical Tripos mathematician methods minutes Neptune never once orbit ordinary Oxford positive possible prime principle probability problem paper Professor proof proved pupil pure mathematics question radius Ramanujan real numbers remember result Riemann Riemann Hypothesis Scholarship Senior Wrangler sphere square story Suppose theorem theory thing thought tion told took Trinity College trivial Uranus variable walk week writing wrote zero.

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Naes rated it did not like it Sep 16, Conor O’Hare added it Sep 17, Neeraj Singh rated it really liked it Jan 06, Cole rated it liked it Oct 16, But when I said Lemma 17, it stayed Lemma Not a quick read; at times a bit too technical for miscelllany. In just 12 pages it provides numerous gems of insight into how working mathematicians actually go about doing what they do.


The latter is definitely a “popular” work, in terms of both subject matter and technical level, while the Miscellany is not. And they had some rather peculiar rules. Hardy geometry give given happened Hardy and Littlewood Hollond idea ideal infinite integral function J. Besicovitch actual amateur answer argument asked axiom Bertrand Russell calculated called Cambridge chance complete constant convergence convex course dinner elliptic functions equations examination experience fact factor Fellowship Election Figure final formula G.

Charles marked it as to-read Nov 17, Shubhendu Trivedi marked it as to-read Jan 17, Review of Ramanujans Collected Papers.

Littlewood’s Miscellany

Cambridge University PressOct 30, – Mathematics – pages. The Discovery of Neptune.

Selected pages Title Page. There are no miscelllany topics on this book yet. Besides that, the final chapter on “The Mathematician’s Art of Work” is worth the whole price of the book.

Bertrand Russell associated with it, there’s not much in the book to interest the general reader. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

Littlewood’s Miscellany – John Edensor Littlewood – Google Books

Littlewood’s earlier work is presented along with a wealth of new material. An Interplay of the Continuous and the Ankur rated it liked it Feb 26, It’s worth reading just littleqood the evocation of Cambridge in the early 20th century. Eudoxia marked it as to-read Aug 19, Jerzy marked it as to-read Nov 26, Jamie marked it as to-read Nov 27, Phaamancer rated it really liked it Feb 02, Joseph added it Jun 02, Littlewood has no more to say about that than the latter did.


Crittens added it Aug 19, Alberto Trombetta rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Littlewood can hardly be faulted for writing about what he knew best.

But it does give a reasonable snapshot miscel,any the world of mathematics in the period, roughly, from to Moonwalking marked moscellany as to-read Dec 12, Patrick rated it really liked it Aug 19, Yanzhang rated it really liked it Dec 15, Academic life in Cambridge especially in Trinity College is viewed through the eyes of one of its greatest figures.

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