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An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers

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An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers by G. H. Hardy and E. M. Wright is found on the reading list of virtually all elementary number theory courses and is widely regarded as the primary and classic text in elementary number theory. Developed under the guidance of D. R. Heath-Brown, this Sixth Edition of An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers has been extensively revi ...more
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 621 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 3rd 1980)
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Joey Comeau
Jan 07, 2014 Joey Comeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a two sentence review of this once that has really stuck with me. It went along the lines of

"If I could bring only one book with me to a desert island, it would be [some other book] if I thought I would be rescued. It would be G.H. Hardy's Theory of Numbers if I knew I was never coming back."

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Cyrus
Apr 25, 2007 Cyrus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mathematics
As a perfectionist, Hardy devoted himself to find easiest way of teaching the Number Theory,at this book, without downgrading its perfect structure to a SSS (Simple, Stupid, Strait forward) level.
I heard a rumor that Hardy didn’t look at his face in a mirror, even for a shaving (although he was such a handsome)! I’m not exaggerating; you may read this, in some biographies of him.
Perhaps he believed no phenomenon in the entire world is as ideal as it should be; even his face. The only exception
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Sindhuja
This is the best of reference materials available on number theory, if anyone is interested. I read it out of interest, and hence at my own pace. You cannot do random chapters unless you already have significant knowledge on the subject. I initially felt that the lack of problems to work out might be an issue. Sooner, you find out that this book is more of a building block on a step by step basis. The book perse solves a lot of problem in the form of theorems and proofs. My familiarity with numb ...more
Vaibhav Uniyal
Oct 25, 2015 Vaibhav Uniyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only a few books this good have been written.
Bill
May 16, 2007 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: newcomers to number theory
Shelves: mathematics
I'm not a mathematician, but I was interested enough to make my way through the first few chapters and found them relatively accessible. Though I imagine most university courses use more contemporary texts, this is still a decent introduction to the topic for advanced undergraduates/graduate students. Besides, it's G.H. Hardy.
sqrt2
Nov 07, 2014 sqrt2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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didn't finish , theres no button that says "stopped reading"
Ryan Kirkish
Feb 06, 2013 Ryan Kirkish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brain pushups. It goes proof by proof. if you want to know what a mathematical proof is and have no desire to become a mathematician read only the first 2 or three Chapters.
Mikesokolov
Feb 07, 2014 Mikesokolov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a lot out of it, but ultimately didn't finish.. can't say why really; maybe the same reason I didn't get a graduate math degree
powei
Apr 20, 2007 powei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
classic. hardy died before providing a proof for God's inexistence. so this book remained his most popular.
Tim
Oct 27, 2008 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
encyclopedic, fairly elementary proof of prime number theorem
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Just recieved the book,so happy,It seems it has to open up my mind
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Godfrey Harold Hardy FRS was a prominent English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis.

Non-mathematicians usually know him for A Mathematician's Apology, his essay from 1940 on the aesthetics of mathematics. The apology is often considered one of the best insights into the mind of a working mathematician written for the layman.

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