May 13, 2007

The Man Who Knew Infinity: Life of the Genius Ramanujan (by: Robert Kanigel)

Posted in Books at 12:02 am by pmatos

The Man Who Knew Infinity: Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel

Personal Comments:

I’ve always had great curiosity of the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, so I decided to get this book. One of the first results by its name in Amazon.co.uk. In fact, this is a biography of Ramanujan but not one biography I specially like. Most of the book is well-written, most of it however has nothing to do with the mathematics in Ramanujans life. It talks a great deal about India, his mom, 1st world war and Hardy but you could compact the book to about 150 pages on Ramanujan and to about 10 pages on the mathematics of Ramanujan. The biography is very general and it is not focused on his mathematics. It is indeed unfortunate. Well, one of my objectives was accomplished, now I do know a great deal more about his life, unfortunately, not about his mathematics. Oh well, maybe I can find that in another book… overall is a nice read, and a good value for money.

1 Comment »

  1. Dr. K. S. Ramesh said,

    I grew up not far from the house where Srinivasa Ramanujam died. My uncle Professor S. Chandrasekhar Noble Laureate in Physics 1983 (Chandra popularly known) spend considerable time in unearthing some of Ramanujam’s work especially in partition theory. You can get more about Ramanujam’s mathematics from the Ramanujam Insitute of Mathematical sciences in Chennai, India.

    K. S. Ramesh
    Formerly Professor at UC Berekeley
    and Senior scientist
    Physics and Mathematics Teacher
    Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
    Charlotte, NC


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