Wednesday, April 27, 2005

It's the start of the cricket season

It's the start of the cricket season so why not blog on a cricket related topic?

The mathematician Godfrey Harold Hardy(G.H. Hardy) was an atheist, an ardent cricket fan and a regular writer of postcards. Marcus du Sautoy records (page 120) that sometime in the 1920s or 1930s Hardy once wrote a postcard to a friend containing the following New Year's resolutions
  1. To prove the Riemann hypothesis,
  2. To make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last test match at the Oval,
  3. To find an argument for the non-existence of God which shall convince the general public,
  4. To be the first man atop Mount Everest,
  5. To be proclaimed the first president of the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, and Germany, and
  6. To murder Mussolini.
From such things are heroes made.

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