## 하디를 넘어서

영국 수학자 하디가 쓴 '어느 수학자의 변명'은 다음과 같은 문단으로 시작한다.

It is a melancholy experience for a professional mathematician to find himself writing about mathematics. **The function of a mathematician is to do something, to prove new theorems, to add to mathematics, and not to talk about what he or other mathematicians have done.** Statesmen despise publicists, painters despise art-critics, and physiologists, physicists, or mathematicians have usually similar feelings: there is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. **Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.**

지난 주말에 (대중을 염두에 둔) 수학책 아이디어가 하나 생겼는데, 하디가 했던 저 말이 꿈에 보이는 것이 아닌가.

수학자와 대중의 거리는 왜 먼가? 하디 때문이다 -_- 하디의 논리를 격파해야 한다.

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