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Written by G. H. Hardy
Narrated by Andy Stevenson
Duration 1 hour and 57 minutes
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“A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.” (G.H. Hardy)
G.H. Hardy was recognized generally as the leading English mathematician of his time, who had a profound influence on modern mathematics.
His best known work, outside of the strict field of mathematics, is A Mathematician’s Apology. It a brilliant and engaging account of mathematics as an art form and a creative activity, a fascinating insight into Hardy’s personal journey towards mathematics, and a courageous and intimate exploration of “why mathematics?”.
Graham Greene hailed it alongside Henry James’s notebooks as “the best account of what it was like to be a creative artist”. For Hardy, the beauty of mathematics was central, as described in his words: “Real mathematics must be justified as art if it can be justified at all” and “Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.”
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