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G. H. Hardy Quotes
British Mathematician
Born: February 7, 1877
Died: December 1, 1947
Asked if he believes in one Gd, a mathematician answered: 'Yes, up to isomorphism'.
G. H. Hardy
For my part, it is difficult for me to say what I owe to Ramanujan  his originality has been a constant source of suggestion to me ever since I knew him, and his death is one of the worst blows I have ever had.
G. H. Hardy
They [formulae 1.10  1.12 of Ramanujan] must be true because, if they were not true, no one would have had the imagination to invent them.
G. H. Hardy
A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.
G. H. Hardy
The theory of numbers, more than any other branch of mathematics, began by being an experimental science. Its most famous theorems have all been conjectured, sometimes a hundred years or more before they were proved, and they have been suggested by the evidence of a mass of computations.
G. H. Hardy
Most people can do nothing at all well
G. H. Hardy
Good work is not done by 'humble' men
G. H. Hardy
A month's intelligent instruction in the theory of numbes ought to be twice as instructive, twice as useful, and at least 10 times as entertaining as the same amount of 'calculus for engineers'.
G. H. Hardy
... Philosophy proper is a subject, on the one hand so hopelessly obscure, on the other so astonishingly elementary, that there knowledge hardly counts.
G. H. Hardy
No one should ever be bored. … One can be horrified, or disgusted, but one can’t be bored.
G. H. Hardy
The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful.
G. H. Hardy
I am obliged to interpolate some remarks on a very difficult subject: proof and its importance in mathematics. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians, are contemptuous about proof. I have heard Professor Eddington, for example, maintain that proof, as pure mathematicians understand it, is really quite uninteresting and unimportant, and that no one who is really certain that he has found something good should waste his time looking for proof.
G. H. Hardy
Bradman is a whole class above any batsman who has ever lived: if Archimedes, Newton and Gauss remain in the Hobbs class, I have to admit the possibility of a class above them, which I find difficult to imagine. They had better be moved from now on into the Bradman class.
G. H. Hardy
There is always more in one of Ramanujan's formulae than meets the eye, as anyone who sets to work to verify those which look the easiest will soon discover. In some the interest lies very deep, in others comparatively near the surface, but there is not one which is not curious and entertaining.
G. H. Hardy
No one has yet discovered any warlike purpose to be served by the theory of numbers or relativity, and it seems unlikely that anyone will do so for many years.
G. H. Hardy
I wrote a great deal during the next ten [early] years,but very little of any importance, there are not more than four or five papers which I can still remember with some satisfaction.
G. H. Hardy
The primes are the raw material out of which we have to build arithmetic, and Euclid's theorem assures us that we have plenty of material for the task.
G. H. Hardy
A science or an art may be said to be 'useful' if its development increases, even indirectly, the material wellbeing and comfort of men, it promotes happiness, using that word in a crude and commonplace way.
G. H. Hardy
A man who sets out to justify his existence and his activities has to distinguish two different questions. The first is whether the work which he does is worth doing, and the second is why he does it (whatever its value may be).
G. H. Hardy
I was at my best at a little past forty, when I was a professor at Oxford.
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