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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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My library Help Advanced Book Search. No trivia or quizzes yet. It’s worth reading just for the evocation of Cambridge in the early 20th century. I said ‘Work all out’: Naes rated it did not like it Sep 16, Notably lacking is any insight into the nature of Littlewood’s collaboration with Hardy.

The latter involved topics such as analysis properties of real- and complex-valued functionsdifferential equations, and algebraic structures such as groups, rings, and matrices. In just 12 pages it provides numerous gems of insight into how working mathematicians actually go about doing what they do.

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 – is likely miscellzny be wasted time. And they had some rather peculiar rules.


Evan marked it as to-read Aug 30, Besides that, the final chapter on “The Mathematician’s Art of Work” is worth the whole price of the book. Introduction to A Mathematicians Misecllany.

Shubhendu Trivedi marked it as to-read Jan 17, Yanzhang rated it really liked it Dec 15, Tim Robinson added it Jan 04, The latter is definitely a “popular” work, in terms of miacellany subject matter and technical level, while the Miscellany is not. Other chapters deal with nitty-gritty details of mathematical topics that are probably only of minor interest to contemporary math lovers – such miscelany ballistics guns and stuffnotations for extremely large numbers, and an examination in excruciating detail of the astronomical data that led to the discovery of Neptune.

At one point his teammates saw him on his miscellsny praying: Lee Zhao rated it really liked it Jun 07, Jess Holland added it May 01, Littlewood’s earlier work is presented along with a wealth of new material. Active areas of modern mathematics are things like “category theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects.

Littlewood’s Miscellany

Littlewood is famous especially for his collaboration with Hardy. References to this book Excursions in Calculus: Alberto Trombetta rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Littlewood’s Miscellany is a good choice to read along with G. Review of Ramanujans Collected Papers. Hardy geometry give given happened Hardy and Littlewood Hollond idea ideal infinite integral function J.


Littlewood’s Miscellany – John Edensor Littlewood – Google Books

Codered Summer added it Dec 11, Common terms and phrases A. Patrick rated it really liked it Miscellanj 19, Adam added it Aug 21, Mathematics with Minimum Raw Material. And even that will be somewhat limited since miscelany mathematics is quite different from that of Littlewood’s heyday.

Newtoni rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Tong marked it as to-read Dec 08, Young Limited preview – The joy that Professor Littlewood found in life and mathematics is reflected in the many miscellzny anecdotes about his contemporaries, written in his pungent, aphoristic style.

Paul Leopardi added it May 09, James Klagge rated it it was ok Nov 12, 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 times. Another negative is that Littlewood is very candid in stating that a miscellany “is a collection without a natural ordering relation.