Category Archives: Memoir

Review of A Russian Childhood

Sofya Kovalevskaya is arguably the most important female mathematician of the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of competition. And, sadly, Sofya died at the age of 41 of influenza. The common belief that mathematicians seldom do important work … Continue reading

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Review of Littlewood’s Miscellany

Littlewood’s Miscellany is a good choice to read along with G. H. Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology (which I reviewed here). That’s not because it says anything more than Hardy’s book about the celebrated collaboration. It doesn’t. But it does give … Continue reading

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Review of A Mathematician’s Apology

There are, roughly, two sorts of people who might consider reading this very short book: those who know or work with a fairly large amount of mathematics, and those who don’t. There are different things that should be said about … Continue reading

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