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The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius, Ramanujan Chapter Summary & Analysis - Hardy Summary

Robert Kanigel
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Hardy Summary and Analysis

G.H. Hardy was the British mathematician of his age. Not only were his mathematical skills considerable, but he also had a youthful beauty appreciated by many of his associates at Cambridge, including the secret society called the Apostles. The Apostles were a society formed to select the best and the brightest of Cambridge undergraduates and to gather together for serious conversations. Over time, the Apostles would include the cream of Cambridge intellectuals. Hardy was friends with many of the Apostles who would form the Bloomsbury Group, including John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf, G.E. Moore, and others. Like many of the members of the group, Hardy considered himself, first and foremost, an artist. His interest in mathematics and his work in the subject had no, as he famously claimed, practical importance. They were "useless" in the sense that they dealt with the pure mathematics...

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