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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