# A Mathematician's Apology

**A Mathematician's Apology** is a book about mathematics which was written in 1940.

## Overview

It was written by a British mathematician called G. H. Hardy (1877—1947).^{[1]} He used the essay to try to justify spending his life working on mathematics. It is said he wrote it for two reasons:

- He was getting old and found it more difficult to work on mathematics. He spent time writing the essay instead because discovering new mathematical ideas was now too hard for him.
- He believed that mathematics should be investigated for interest, instead of for making other things like weapons.

## References

- ↑ "Hardy biography". www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-04.

- G. H. Hardy,
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