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  • He would explain to an acquaintance that God, believing that Hardy expected the weather to change and give him a chance to work, counter-suggestibly arranged that the sky should remain cloudless.

    —from C. P. Snow's 1967 foreword to G. H. Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology

    A nonce-word by Snow. Hardy was a ferocious atheist and a cricket-lover, and brought along to matches an 'anti-God battery' consisting of an umbrella and other things intending to fool the Supreme Fascist into thinking he, Hardy, expected it to rain.

    December 30, 2008