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A Course of Pure Mathematics

G. H. Hardy
Publisher: 
Dover Publications
Publication Date: 
2018
Number of Pages: 
444
Format: 
Paperback
Edition: 
3
Price: 
29.95
ISBN: 
9780486822358
Category: 
Textbook
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The Basic Library List Committee recommends this book for acquisition by undergraduate mathematics libraries.

[Reviewed by
Fernando Q. Gouvêa
, on
08/4/2018
]

See our review of the Centenary Edition of this book, which is based on the tenth edition. The Dover reprint is based on the third edition of 1921.

In the preface to this edition, Hardy noted the change “in the character of the criticisms” of his book:

I was too meticulous and pedantic for the pupils of fifteen years ago: I am altogether too popular for the Trinity scholar of to-day. I need hardly say that I find such criticisms very gratifying, as the best evidence that the book has to some extent fulfilled the purpose with which it was written.

Hardy was a delightful writer. This book, though perhaps too old-fashioned for today’s courses in analysis, is a classic that deserves to stay in print.


Fernando Q. Gouvêa is Carter Professor of Mathematics at Colby College and the editor of MAA Reviews.

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