In the early years of the 20th century, the great British mathematician Godfrey Harold Hardy used to take out a peculiar form of travel insurance before boarding a boat to cross the North Sea. If the weather looked threatening he would send a postcard on which he announced the solution of the Riemann hypothesis. Hardy, wrote his biographer, Constance Reid, was convinced ''that God -- with whom he waged a very personal war -- would not let Hardy die with such glory.''A MadMath salute to G.H. Hardy!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A Very Personal War
A good friend pointed me to the start of a recent New York Times article: