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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Ivan rated it it was ok Mar 14, For better or for worse, contemporary mathematics is vastly different from the mathematics of Littlewood and his era.

Homoionym added it Aug 18, Patrick Whittle added it Feb 25, Tim Moscellany added it Jan 04, Catamorandi marked it as to-read Jan 10, Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology which I reviewed here. Neeraj Singh rated it really liked it Jan 06, The Discovery of Neptune.

Littlewood’s Miscellany

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Joseph added it Jun 02, 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 to be wasted time. Cambridge University Press Amazon.


Regarding these periods of conscious effort, Littlewood has this to say: At one point his teammates saw him on his knees praying: And they had littlewiod rather peculiar rules. Charles marked it as to-read Nov 17, Codered Summer added it Dec 11, In all fairness, I think that only people with a strong interest in mathematics will find much in the Miscellany to hold their attention.

Active areas of modern mathematics are things like littlewoof theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects. Common terms and phrases A. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The joy that Professor Littlewood found in life and mathematics is reflected in the many amusing anecdotes about his contemporaries, written in his pungent, aphoristic style. Michael added it May 25, To ask other readers questions about Littlewood’s Miscellanyplease sign up.

Karen rated it it was amazing Apr 18, Eudoxia marked it as to-read Aug 19, 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.


Martina marked it as to-read Apr 12, Yanzhang rated it really liked it Dec 15, Patrick rated it really liked it Aug 19, Newtoni rated it it was amazing Nov 02, 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

Nate marked it as to-read Oct 12, Joseph Sales marked it as to-read Dec 03, Naes rated it did not like it Sep 16, That’s not because it says anything more than Hardy’s book about the celebrated collaboration.

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