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Robert Kanigel is the author of six other books, including The Man Who Knew Infinity. After 13 y... Read More

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Robert Kanigel is the author of six other books, including The Man Who Knew Infinity. After 13 years as professor of science writing at MIT, he has returned to full-time writing in Baltimore.

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.

Adapted into a film in 2016 starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise.

* 'One of the finest, best-documented biographies ever published about a modern mathematician' - Martin GardnerIt is a magic, tragic ugly-duckling fable that Robert Kanigel tells in The Man Who Knew Infinity... In it, a greatly gifted man is born to a culture that doesn't understand what the man is about. Still, his talent blossoms until news of it spreads to the other side of the world, where he is eventually summoned by the masters of his skill. The man goes among them and performs his magic. Skepticism gives way to wonder. But away from home, the man grows lonely and ill. He returns to his birthplace, only to die.An exquisite portrait...the rarest of literary achievements...Ramanujan's tale is the stuff of fableAn exciting and thoughtful book... should catch the imagination of any reader - even the reader with little mathematical backgroundThis is a fine example of a work of popularising mathematics, and deserves a wide readership.An exquisite portrait...the rarest of literary achievements...Ramanujan's tale is the stuff of fablean exciting and thoughtful book... should catch the imagination of any reader- even the reader with little mathematical background.This is a fine example of a work of popularising mathematics, and deserves a wide readership.Enthralling... one of the best scientific biographies I've ever seen.

Product Details

Title: TheMan Who Knew Infinity
Author: Robert Kanigel
SKU: BK0060486
EAN: 9780349104522
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Robert Kanigel is the author of six other books, including The Man Who Knew Infinity. After 13 years as professor of science writing at MIT, he has returned to full-time writing in Baltimore.

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