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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Trying to be productive when you don’t littlewoof know what needs to be done – the next lemma to prove or the next plot twist to imagine – is likely to be wasted time. Active areas of modern mathematics are things like “category theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects.

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Quotations by J E Littlewood

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

For better or for worse, contemporary mathematics is vastly different from the mathematics of Littlewood and his era.

Joseph Sales marked it as to-read Dec 03, And they had some rather peculiar rules. Littlewood’s and Hardy’s expertise was primarily in the mathematical analysis of their day, and with its application to physics and number theory. Yanzhang rated it really liked it Dec 15, First of all, that’s because miscellanny the historical insight it gives to a certain period in the long evolution of mathematics.

Refresh and try again. Littlewood can hardly be faulted for writing about what he knew best.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Be the first to ask a question about Littlewood’s Miscellany. Kj marked it as to-read Apr 08, It’s worth reading just for the evocation of Cambridge in the early 20th century.

Littlewood’s Miscellany

The Discovery of Neptune. Littlewood is famous especially for his collaboration with Hardy. 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.

To ask other readers questions about Littlewood’s Miscellanyplease sign up. Moonwalking marked it as to-read Dec 12, At one point a foreign observer commented that England had three great mathematicians: Jason Verwey marked it as to-read Apr 29, Not miscelany quick read; at times a miscellanh too technical for mw.

At one point his teammates saw him on his knees praying: Introduction to A Mathematicians Miscellany.

Ainsley marked it as to-read Sep 16, This is pure waste, nothing is done, and miscrllany have had no rest or relaxation. Newtoni rated it it was amazing Nov 02, All that said, the Miscellany is still very much worth reading for the seriously mathematically curious. Conor O’Hare added it Sep 17, Littlewood’s earlier work is presented along with a wealth of new material. Young Limited preview – Besides that, the final chapter on “The Mathematician’s Art of Work” is worth the whole price of the book.

Quotations by Littlewood

Common terms and phrases A. Except for some catty gossip about academic life in England in the early decades of the 20th century, and the people e.

Evan marked it as to-read Aug 30, Trivia About Littlewood’s Misc In all fairness, I think that only people with a strong interest in mathematics will find much in the Miscellany to hold their attention. 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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James Klagge rated it it was ok Nov 12, 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.

Patrick rated it really liked it Aug 19, Jun 12, Charles Daney rated it liked it Shelves: Markush marked it as to-read Jun 30, Want to Read saving…. But it all depends on whether you have a clear idea of what you need to do, or whether instead you need to spend more time “incubating” the next step of the work.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. From the Mathematical Tripos. That’s not because it says anything more than Hardy’s book about the celebrated collaboration. Lists with This Book.

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