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The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of Genius Ramanujan

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Robert Kanigel


A moving and enlightening look at the unbelievable true story of how gifted prodigy Ramanujan stunned the scholars of Cambridge University and revolutionized mathematics.


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, but left behind a magical and inspired legacy that is still being plumbed for its secrets today.

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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
Pages: 448
Weight: 310g
Published Year: 2021
Publisher: abacus
ISBN: 978-0349104522
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