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The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan - Robert Kanigel
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
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In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most... show more
In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most improbable and productive collaborations ever chronicled. With a passion for rich and evocative detail, Robert Kanigel takes us from the temples and slums of Madras to the courts and chapels of Cambridge University, where the devout Hindu Ramanujan, 'the Prince of Intuition,' tested his brilliant theories alongside the sophisticated and eccentric Hardy, 'the Apostle of Proof.' In time, Ramanujan's creative intensity took its toll: he died at the age of thirty-two and left behind a magical and inspired legacy that is still being plumbed for its secrets today.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780671750619 (0671750615)
ASIN: 671750615
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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5.0 Man Who Knew Infinity
Life is a wily merchant and in his shop everything is for sale for the right price. This book convinced me that Mr. Ramanujam paid that price and gave the merchant a healthy tip while at that. How else would you explain that when you find out that he worked on mathematics in the hospital bathroom wh...
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5.0 Man Who Knew Infinity
2013 December 22nd was the 125th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was a genius whose early death, owing to a multitude of factors not entirely in his control, was a tragedy too profound for tears, as someone said.That mathematicians are trying to come to terms with his papers and noteboo...
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