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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In terms of the interest of people only casually curious about the nature of mathematics, the Miscellany does not compare favorably with Hardy’s Apology. Either work miscelllany out or rest completely.

Quotations by J E Littlewood

Mihalis rated it it was amazing Jul 30, But readers must understand that his topics are not as prominent in contemporary mathematics as they once were.

Newtoni rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Miscellanyy Conroy rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Account Options Sign in. Jerzy marked it as to-read Nov 26, 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.


Homoionym added it Aug 18, Michael added it May 25, Shubhendu Trivedi marked it as to-read Jan 17, Besicovitch actual amateur answer argument asked axiom Bertrand Russell calculated called Cambridge chance complete constant convergence convex course dinner elliptic miscellant equations examination experience fact factor Fellowship Election Figure littlewoo formula G.

At one point a foreign observer commented that England had three great mathematicians: Some chapters seem to be merely disparate comments that Littlewood may have jotted down on a scrap of paper or a diary page at random times.

Tong marked it as to-read Dec 08, Lee Zhao rated it really liked it Jun 07, Felicity Kendrick marked it as to-read Jan littlesood, Crittens added it Aug 19, The latter is definitely a “popular” work, in terms of both subject matter and technical level, while the Miscellany is not.

Littlewood’s Miscellany

Naes rated it did not like it Sep 16, Return to Book Page. Patrick rated it really liked it Aug 19, It is too easy, when rather tired, to fritter a whole day away with the intention of working but never getting properly down to it.

Karen rated it it was amazing Apr 18, There is a long collection of cattty remarks: But first, let’s get a few negative observations out of the way.


When one is in the “preparation” stage of dealing with a difficult problem, one should micellany diligently with a variety of approaches.

Quotations by Littlewood

The Mathematicians Art of Work. Aug 16, Ari rated it imscellany it. Paul Leopardi added it May 09, Charles marked it as to-read Nov 17, Active areas of modern mathematics are things like “category theory”, abstract algebraic geometry, and higher-dimensional geometric objects.

Not a quick read; at times a bit too technical for mw. Review of Ramanujans Collected Papers. Regarding these periods of conscious effort, Littlewood has this to say: Eudoxia marked it as to-read Aug 19, It’s a collection of notes, reminiscences, interesting problems and essays by John Littlewood, one of the great mathematicians of the first half of the 20th century.