Author: G.H. Hardy
I’ve heard both recommendations and whatever the opposite of recommendation is… condemnations?… Anyway, I’ve heard both good and bad reviews about A Mathematician’s Apology by G. H. Hardy, so of course I needed to read it for myself. (It’s funny. If I hear only good reviews, I’ll want to see something, but maybe not make a strong effort. If I hear only bad reviews I’ll tend to avoid something. But if I hear both, I absolutely must experience it for myself.)
It’s an interesting little read, but kind of in the same way that slavery is interesting. I mean, it’s not that it’s a bad book, it’s just that I heartily disagree with almost every single thing Hardy says. He comes across as tremendously arrogant and self-righteous. I could write quite a clip about every contentious point (of which there are many) but it would take me a while to get through all of it. Maybe another time.