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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Naes rated it did not like it Sep 16, The Dilemma of Probability Theory. Cambridge University PressOct 30, – Mathematics – pages. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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The Mathematicians Art of Work. 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. Charles marked it as to-read Nov 17, Ivan rated it it was ok Mar 14, But first, let’s get a few negative observations out of the way. It’s worth reading just for the evocation of Cambridge in the early 20th century.


It’s a collection of notes, reminiscences, interesting problems and essays by John Littlewood, one of the great mathematicians of the first half of the 20th century. Regarding these periods of conscious effort, Littlewood has this to say: James Klagge rated it it was ok Nov 12, An Interplay of the Continuous and the Notably lacking is any insight into the nature of Littlewood’s collaboration with Hardy. Littlewood’s and Hardy’s expertise was primarily in the mathematical analysis of their day, and with its application to physics and number theory.

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Littlewood’s Miscellany

In all fairness, I think that only people with a strong interest in mathematics will find much in the Miscellany to hold their attention. Yanzhang rated it really liked it Dec 15, Trivia About Littlewood’s Misc Felicity Kendrick marked it as to-read Jan 06, Introduction to A Mathematicians Miscellany. 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.

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