Are you an amateur? Do you sometimes feel you can never accomplish anything doing something you love? Then here’s three good stories on amateurs doing great things you want to read:
- High school students discover exoplanets during mentoring program
- Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician
- How older amateur athletes are staying fit through the pandemic
Not all amateurs can accomplish great things, but never let anyone tell you that amateurs are incapable of great things. Because surely they are. Go on, pursue the thing you love. Great things may result.
(Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash)
In some ways, that question is ridiculous. Ramsey and his ideas are embedded in so many fields of thought, from mathematics to economics to philosophy. However, I had never heard of him before. Or I should say, I had heard of him, but I never thought of him the way I thought of Russell or Wittgenstein or other contemporaries he had.
That might change now. There are two good pieces I recently found, here on CBC Radio and here in The New Yorker. I really enjoyed both. If you do too, you can get a recent book on him called, Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers
by Cheryl Misak.
Fun! For all you number theory fans out there: 9 Numbers That Are Cooler Than Pi
I still think Pi is pretty cool. But so are these other numbers.
The great mathematician G.H. Hardy wrote a slim book that is great for mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. Best of all
As fifty or more years have passed since the death of the author, this book is now in the public domain in the Dominion of
So yes, you can get it for free, here.
I highly recommend it. (Did I mention it is a great read for non-mathematicians, too. It really is.)
Thanks to @anitleirfall on twitter for pointing this out.