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
From such things are heroes made.
- To prove the Riemann hypothesis,
- To make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last test match at the Oval,
- To find an argument for the non-existence of God which shall convince the general public,
- To be the first man atop Mount Everest,
- To be proclaimed the first president of the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, and Germany, and
- To murder Mussolini.