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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Eudoxia marked it as to-read Aug 19, Want to Read saving…. All that said, the Miscellany is littpewood very much worth reading for the seriously mathematically curious.

An Interplay of the Continuous and the Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Not a quick read; at times a bit too technical for mw.

Nate marked it as to-read Oct 12, Naes rated it did not like it Sep 16, But it does give a reasonable snapshot of the world of mathematics in the period, roughly, from to The latter niscellany topics such as analysis properties of real- and complex-valued functionsdifferential equations, and algebraic structures such as groups, rings, littlewoood matrices.

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James Klagge rated it it was ok Nov 12, For better or for worse, contemporary mathematics is vastly different from the mathematics of Littlewood and his era.


Littlewood can hardly be faulted for writing about what he knew best.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jason Verwey marked it as to-read Apr 29, But readers must understand that his topics are not as prominent in contemporary mathematics as they once were. Newton and the Attraction of a Sphere. Then, after the “incubation” stage, when one has finally obtained a key insight, concentrated effort is generally lirtlewood to verify the insight.

Markush marked it as to-read Jun 30, Newtoni rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Paul Leopardi added it May 09, Trying to be productive when you don’t really know what needs oittlewood be done – the next lemma to prove or the next plot twist to imagine – is likely to be wasted time.

Yasiru reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog marked it as to-read Jan 06, When one is in the “preparation” stage of dealing with a difficult problem, one should experiment diligently with a variety of approaches. References to this book Excursions in Calculus: Charles marked it as to-read Nov 17, It’s worth reading just for the evocation of Cambridge in the early 20th century. Paperbackpages. Hardy, Littlewood, and Hardy-Littlewood. To ask other readers questions about Littlewood’s Miscellanylitylewood sign up.

Jess Holland added it May 01, Cambridge University Press Amazon. An odd book but one worth perusing.

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Some chapters seem to be merely disparate comments that Littlewood may have jotted misccellany on a scrap of paper or a diary page at random times. Mathematics with Minimum Raw Material.


Dennis rated it it was amazing Sep 20, 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.

Homoionym added it Aug 18, Crittens added it Aug 19, It applies not only to doing mathematics, but many other creative activities, such as novel writing and computer programming. Account Options Sign in.

A Mathematicians Miscellany

The Dilemma of Probability Theory. Karen rated it it was amazing Apr 18, This is pure waste, nothing is done, and you have had no rest or relaxation.

Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology which I reviewed here. But first, let’s get a few negative observations out of the way.

Miramarco rated it really liked it Sep 14, Active areas of modern mathematics are things like “category theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Littlewood’s Miscellany is a good choice to read along with G.

Manjil rated it really liked it Aug 12, Jamie marked it as to-read Nov 27, Ivan rated it it was ok Litttlewood 14, At one point a foreign observer commented that England had three great mathematicians: