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A Mathematician's Apology

February 20, 2008

by G.H.Hardy:

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.

The Mathematician’s patterns, like the painters’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful; the ideas, like th colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test; there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.

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