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  • Updated on June 4, 2021
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On Writing about Mathematics and Rethinking G.H. Hardy

Early on, I wrote about G.H. Hardy reflecting on some quotes. In the first piece, I talk about is it better to burn out or fade away. Remarking that Hardy would not like me because I meandered and have not accomplished much in my life of any importance. He liked exceptional people and I don’t know if I fit that bill. In another piece, I talk about another famous quote from Hardy on genuine talent. Also surmising that Hardy would not like me because I have no real talent for mathematics yet I pursue it earnestly.

Today, I want to talk about struggling with mathematics. I think the best way to do this is by reacting to something G.H. Hardy said.

While doing some research on Hardy, I came across a blog by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings. I was overjoyed to see one of my favorite writers talk about my favorite mathematician. In her writing, she tackles the ideas of what we make of talent and ambition.

  • Updated on June 4, 2021
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A Lesson from G.H Hardy

G.H Hardy is a mathematician from the early 1900s. He spent most of his career at Trinity College, Cambridge in the UK. The latter half of his career was spent as the Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University.