G. H. Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology was a bleak volume about a mathematician ready to throw in the towel not long after sixty. And yet, as I argued with its ideas about human accomplishment, "trivial" pursuits, and "useful" knowledge, I found myself summoning unexpected hope and positivism that I didn't entirely realize that I possessed, which I chronicle at length in my latest Modern Library essay. If you're feeling down in light of recent events, you may want to pick up this small book and argue with it yourself!
G.H. Hardy was a mathematician ready to throw in the towel because he believed himself useless. Yet this small and depressing volume memorializing his many complaints may just have you finding hope and purpose as you argue with it.
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