# Godfrey Harold Hardy, 1877 - 1947

Circa 1927

Born: 7 February 1877, Cranleigh, Surrey, England, UK

Died: 1 December 1947, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

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- A chess problem is genuine mathematics, but it is in some way 'trivial' mathematics. However, ingenious and intricate, however original and surprising the moves, there is something essential lacking. Chess problems are unimportant. The best mathematics is serious as well as beautiful — 'important'.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - A science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. Immortality may be a silly word, but probably a mathematician has the best chance of whatever it may mean.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - Chess problems are the hymn-tunes of mathematics.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - I believe that mathematical reality lies outside us, that our function is to discover or observe it, and that the theorems which we prove, and which we describe grandiloquently as our "creations", are simply the notes of our observations.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - I do not remember having felt, as a boy, any
*passion*for mathematics, and such notions as I may have had of the career of a mathematician were far from noble. I thought of mathematics in terms of examinations and scholarships: I wanted to beat other boys, and this seemed to be the way in which I could do so most decisively.*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - In [great mathematics] there is a very high degree of unexpectedness, combined with inevitability and economy.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - It is a melancholy experience for a professional mathematician to find him writing about mathematics. The function of a mathematician is to do something, to prove new theorems, to add to mathematics, and not to talk about what he or other mathematicians have done. Statesmen despise publicists, painters despise art-critics, and physiologists, physicists, or mathematicians have usually similar feelings; there is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - Judged by all practical standards, the value of my mathematical life is nil; and outside mathematics it is trivial anyhow. I have just one chance of escaping a verdict of complete triviality, that I may be judged to have created something worth creating. And that I have created something is undeniable: the question is about its value.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - No discovery of mine has made, or is likely to make, directly or indirectly, for good or ill, the least difference to the amenity of the world.
*permalink**A Mathematician's Apology*(1940) - No mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man's game.
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