A mathematicians apology is a 1940 essay by british mathematician g h hardyit concerns the aesthetics of mathematics with some personal content and gives the layman an insight into the mind of a working mathematician. In a mathematicians apology hardy clearly shows that he is the knute rockne of math read more 3 people found this helpful helpful comment report abuse spyder 20 out of 5 stars the ideas in this book are good but this edition is awful march 22 2014 format paperback verified purchase. Mathematicians life and my answers will be for the most part such as are expected from a mathematician i think that it is worth while that there is ample justification but i should say at once that my defence of mathematics will be a defence of myself and that my apology is bound to be to some extent egotistical i. A mathematicians apology by gh hardy topics mathematics biography analysis ramanujan the mathematicians patterns like the painters or the poets must be beautiful the ideas like the colours or the words must fit together in a harmonious way beauty is the first test. Non mathematicians usually know him for a mathematicians apology his essay from 1940 on the aesthetics of mathematics the apology is often considered one of the best insights into the mind of a working mathematician written for the layman
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