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By G. H. Hardy

ISBN-10: 0521427061

ISBN-13: 9780521427067

G. H. Hardy used to be one among this century's best mathematical thinkers, well known between his contemporaries as a 'real mathematician ... the purest of the pure'. He used to be additionally, as C. P. Snow recounts in his Foreword, 'unorthodox, eccentric, radical, able to speak about anything'. This 'apology', written in 1940 as his mathematical powers have been declining, bargains a super and fascinating account of arithmetic as greatly greater than a technological know-how; whilst it was once first released, Graham Greene hailed it along Henry James's notebooks as 'the most sensible account of what it was once wish to be an artistic artist'. C. P. Snow's Foreword supplies sympathetic and witty insights into Hardy's existence, with its wealthy shop of anecdotes referring to his collaboration with the bright Indian mathematician Ramanujan, his aphorisms and idiosyncrasies, and his ardour for cricket. this can be a particular account of the fascination of arithmetic and of 1 of its so much compelling exponents nowa days.

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Though we know that Albertus Magnos unmasked the liber de causis as not being the work of Aristotle, about two and a half centuries later, Francesco Patrizzi issued a Latin edition of the Elements of Theology under the name of Aristotle. 8 There were debates in the late sixteenth century over whether certitude was better attributed to mathematical or syllogistic reasoning, but these were not held under the guise of Plato and Aristotle, and Petrus Catena, in the mid sixteenth century, was busy in Venice publishing works that showed Aristotle's important use of mathematics.

The first indication we see of this is his tentative proof for the Earth's motion based on the ebb andflowof the tides, which he presented to his friend Cardinal Alessandro Orsini on January 8, 1616 (EN51377-95). There, Galileo speculates that "the cause of the tides could reside in some motion of the basins containing the seawater,7/ thus focusing on the motion of the terrestrial globe as "more probable" than any other cause previously assigned (EN5:38i). In concluding his proof, Galileo notes that he is able to harmonize the Earth's motion with the tides, "taking the former as the cause of the latter, and the latter as a sign of and an argument for the former" (EN5I393).

The folios of this manuscript, like the others, bear watermarks, a majority from Pisa but a significant number from Florence. Favaro also transcribed and published this manuscript (ENH251-408), but in so doing he changed the ordering of the essays as they occur at present in the manuscript. There are errors of Latinity in some of the noted manuscripts and also peculiarities of spelling. There are also internal references that Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 32 THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO GALILEO serve to show temporal connections between them.

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