Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Man Who Knew Infinity - Robert Kanigel

A Life of the Genius Ramanujan 
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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Goodreads Rating - 4.15 out of 5 (3,410 Ratings; 204 Reviews)
My Rating 4 out of 5
My Comments: A very well researched biography that brings out the personality of both Ramanujan and Hardy very vividly. Readers not exposed to college level mathematics may find some parts tedious.

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1 comment:

Bikki said...


Could you share an email address I can contact you on please? Writing to you on behalf of a publishing house about reviewing some of our books. Thanks.

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