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Man Who Knew Infinity


Robert Kanigel is a compelling biography that delves into the remarkable life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught Indian mathematician who made groundbreaking contributions to the field of mathematics in the early 20th century. Published in 1991, this meticulously researched and beautifully written book provides a detailed account of Ramanujan’s journey from his humble beginnings in India to his collaboration with renowned British mathematician G.H. Hardy at the University of Cambridge. Kanigel’s vivid narrative portrays Ramanujan as a genius who overcame numerous challenges, including cultural barriers and health issues, to pursue his passion for mathematics with unwavering determination. Through meticulous research and engaging storytelling, “Man Who Knew Infinity” offers readers a profound insight into the life, work, and enduring legacy of one of the most exceptional mathematicians in history.

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About the author


Robert Kanigel is the author of nine previous books, most recently “Hearing Homer’s Song: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry.” His “Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs” was long-listed for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for nonfiction and named an NPR best book of the year. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the Grady-Stack Award for science writing and, for his Milman Parry biography, a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book “The Man Who Knew Infinity” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named a New York Public Library “Book to Remember”; it has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and was the basis for the film of the same name starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel. .Kanigel and his wife, the poet S. B. Merrow, live in Baltimore. His first memoir, “Young Man, Muddled,” was published in late 2022. []


Book Specifications

Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 310g
Published Year: 2021
Publisher: abacus
ISBN: 978-0349104522
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