Monday, 21 March 2011

A mathematician, G.H. Hardy

I was never a great fan of mathematics, but this mathematician, is so funny. I learned of this guy because he is the maker of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in calculating the allele frequency of a species. Hardy specialized in the field of number theory, which is some sort of pure mathematics that basically has no practical use. He has his own way of appreciating mathematics, and wrote a book titled "A Mathematician's Apology" explaining the enthusiasm in his work. He believes that the highest level of mathematics should have no practical use, and should be done just for one's intellectual satisfaction.

lets look at what he said:

"Nothing I have ever done is of the slightest practical use" (and he is very proud of this)

"If I could prove by logic that you would die in five minutes, I should be sorry you were going to die, but my sorrow would be very much mitigated by pleasure in the proof"

Salute! To the nerd!