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By JE Littlewood

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MATHEMATICS WITH minimal uncooked MATERIAL
FROM THE MATHEMATICAL TRIPOS
CROSS-PURPOSES, subconscious ASSUMPTIONS, HOWLERS, MISPRINTS, ETC.
THE ZOO
BALLISTICS
THE predicament OF chance THEORY
FROM FERMAT'S final THEOREM TO THE ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
A MATHEMATICAL EDUCATION
REVIEW OF RAMANUJAN'S accrued PAPERS
THREE REVIEWS
NEWTON AND THE allure OF A SPHERE
LARGE NUMBERS
THE DISCOVERY OF NEPTUNE
THE ADAMS-AIRY AFFAIR
'LION AND guy'

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For a basis the as ensuing fallacious argument. ) the result was (In defence, effect a multiplication In the Mathematical Gazette XIV, 23, there is a note on Noether's Canonical Curves ', by W. P. Milne, in which he a paper by Guyaelf (Proc. London Math. , refers to ' ' Ser. 2, 21, part 5) referred to is Guyaelf '. by W. I once challenged is a ghost-author the paper ; P. Milne. Hardy page of a joint paper G, H. Hardy '. : he to find a misprint on a certain failed. It was in his own name : ' A minute I wrote (about 1917) for the Ballistic Office ended with the sentence Thus a should be made as small as possible '.

The examination was taken in January of the 4th year. In one year full marks were 33,541, the 9. I inherited Senior Wrangler got 16,368, the second 13,188, the last Wrangler 3123, the Wooden Spoon (number ninety odd) The first question carried 6+15 marks, the last 247. question of the 2nd-4-days problem paper 325 (>247). As a staunch opponent of the old Tripos I was slightly disconcerted to find a strong vein of respectability running throughout. It is surprising to discover that a man who did the bookwork (which was much the same as it is now) and nothing else would have been about 23rd Wrangler out all of 30.

15, in which . u, s, c are respectively totally unstable, stable, and saddle- 48 A MATHEMATICIAN'S MISCELLANY point (col) fixed points of the T, and the lines of the figure are invariant, as wholes, under T. A is the domain enclosed n ultimately stays in J, by the dotted line. For any P T P but points near u, or again points near the line uc, take FIG. 15 A+ This T, however, the leaves a whole area invariant, and example does not cover the important class of T's for which every bounded area shrinks to zero area under iteration of T.

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