A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.
– Godfrey Harold Hardy, 1877 – 1947

Hardy, called “Harold” or “G. H.” by some, was a prominent British mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis. His 1940 essay, “A Mathematician’s Apology,” provided laymen with insights into the mind of a working mathematician.

Hardy was associated with the Bloomsbury group and friends G. E. Moore, Bertrand Russell, and J. M. Keynes. Hardy was a disciple of Bertrand Russell, not only in his interest in mathematical philosophy but also in his political views. He agreed with Russell’s anti-war attitude.

Hardy held that mathematics was a purely intellectual endeavor, in its highest form devoid of all practical utility. He scorned the idea that any of his mathematical work might one day find utilitarian application. – Source: Philosophedia

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