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Mathematics without Apologies

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G.H. Hardy published his Mathematician’s Apology in 1940. Seventy-five years later, it has lost none of its hold on the imaginations of its readers, especially future mathematicians or those who have never known mathematics from the inside. But do mathematicians recognize ourselves in the image it projects? Do we still understand what Hardy had in mind when he said “real mathematicsmust be justified as arts if it can be justified as all?” And why do we feel compelled to “justify” mathematics, anyway?

These are a few of the questions explored in Michael Harris’s new book, entitled Mathematics without Apologies. Harris will be presenting his book at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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