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 Mathematician's Miscellany, allows us to see academic life in Cambridge, especially in Trinity College, through the eyes of one of its greatest figures. 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. The general reader should, in most instances, have no trouble following the mathematical passages. For this publication, the new material has been prepared by Bela Bollobas; his foreword is based on a talk he gave to the British Society for the History of Mathematics on the occasion of Littlewood's centenary.
- Paperback | 212 pages
- 151 x 227 x 12mm | 270g
- 02 May 2004
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
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This book, which includes most of the earlier work as well as much of the material Professor Littlewood collected after the publication of A Mathematician's Miscellany, allows us to see academic life in Cambridge, especially in Trinity College, through the eyes of one of its greatest figures.The general reader should, in most instances, have not trouble following the mathematical passages.
Table of contents
Frontispiece; Preface; Foreword; 1. Introduction to A Mathematician's Miscellany; 2. Mathematics with minimum 'Raw Material'; 3. From the mathematical tripos; 4. Cross-purposes, unconscious assumptions, howlers, misprints, etc; 5. The zoo; 6. Ballistics; 7. The dilemma of probability theory; 8. From Fermat's last theorem to the abolition of capital punishment; 9. A mathematical education; 10. Review of Ramanujan's collected papers; 11. Large numbers; 12. Lion and man; 13. People; 14. Academic life; 15. Odds and ends; 16. Newton and the attraction of a sphere; 17. The discovery of Neptune; 18. The Adams-Airy affair; 19. The mathematician's art of work.
"Every line will delight lovers of mathematics, but even readers who have never had a mathematical thought will--if they love evidence of humane intelligence and wise wit--find here much to savor. A very special classic." SciTech Book News