The Man Who Knew Infinity

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The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of a friendship between Srinivasa Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the pre-eminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realising 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.

He has just retired as Professor of Science Writing at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and now lives in ... THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY is constrained by pedestrian storytelling. Ramanujan certainly had an unusual and eventful life as a mostly self-taught mathematician who was eventually recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society -- one of the United Kingdom's highest honors.

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