The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

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  • Title: The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
  • Author: Robert Kanigel
  • ISBN: 9780671750619
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan Best Read || [Robert Kanigel], The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, Robert Kanigel, The Man Who Knew Infinity A Life of the Genius Ramanujan In 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 c The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan Best Read || [Robert Kanigel] - The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, The Man Who Knew Infinity A Life of the Genius Ramanujan In 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

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  • Robert Kanigel

    Robert Kanigel was born in Brooklyn, but for most of his adult life has lived in Balti, where he lives today He has written seven books The Man Who Knew Infinity, his second book, was named a National Book Critics Circle finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and a New York Public Library Book to Remember It has been translated into Italian, German, Greek, Chinese, Thai, and other languages, and has been made into a feature film, starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and will open in American markets in 2016.Kanigel s 2012 book, On an Irish Island, set on a windswept island village off the coast of Ireland, was nurtured by a Guggenheim fellowship and later awarded the Michael J Durkan Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies Eyes on the Street, his biography of Jane Jacobs, the far seeing author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and fearless champion of big city life, will be published by Knopf in the fall of 2016.



596 thoughts on “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

  • oh my heart this story about ramanujan so painful the genius man , Absolutely I loved this book and happy to know about him and difficult life he lived just to prove something he believes.


  • 2013 December 22nd was the 125th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan He was a genius whose early death, owing to a multitude of factors not entirely in his control, was a tragedy too profound for tears, as someone said.That mathematicians are trying to come to terms with his papers and notebooks to this day, is a testimony to his originality There was a news about his last notebooks on mock modular forms being proven just last month.This biography by Robert Kanigel is a work of outstanding [...]


  • Ramanujam is considered one of the best mathematicians of all times, in the same league as a Jacobi or Euler.Even though his work is well known within the mathematical community, outside of it, he is virtually an unknown quantity Robert Kanigel has put in a lot of effort researching material to write such a comprehensive biography of a genius from a century ago Ramanujam was born in a poor Tamil brahmin family and had little access to formal education He had an unnatural flair for mathematics an [...]


  • It s way beyond five stars The Book was just BRILLIANT I really had an amazing time reading this one and I was reading this at a time when no other book seemed nice I really tried a lot of books from the Hitchhiker s guide to Sherlock to Child Thief.but nothing worked.It s a very ,very well written and thoroughly researched book and I would just like to say that I haven t read many biographies, but this is exactly how a biography should be done.What Robert Kanigel has done with Ramanujan s biogr [...]


  • One of the best crafted biographies I ve ever read, this book offered not only a deep insight into the story of Ramanujan himself, but also a social biography of colonial India and war time Europe during the early 1900s Not too heavy on mathematics, it had just enough for the reader to acquire a basic idea of Ramanujan s accomplishments and his contribution to many and various branches of science note to self audio books are not well suited for understanding equations The book is a fertile groun [...]


  • This is one of the most fascinating and incredible books I have read in recent times It is the biography of the famous Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.The book s blurb states The Man Who Knew Infinity is a fascinating biography of the brilliant, self taught Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan It is also a history of the astonishingly fruitful cross cultural collaboration between this young, ill educated mathematical genius and his mentor at Cambridge University, G H Hardy a relati [...]


  • A fascinating account on the short but outstanding life of the enigmatic and extraordinary Ramanujan.From a young, unschooled Indian clerk to an exemplary mathematician, his journey albeit he died at the mere age of 32, is nevertheless awe inspiring Even in his final days, he never left his slate and continued to give prominent contributions Such was his love for Mathematics He failed in everything else but scored high in Mathematics But it just wasn t enough to clutch him a degree So he wasn t [...]


  • As someone who grew up in Southern part of India, I knew about Ramanujam and some his stories since childhood The Author has definitely done his research and he is right about almost everything that he mentions in this book I can clearly see that someone who has never heard about this Mathematician before would enjoy this book far than I did since I vaguely knew his stories Nevertheless, if you are interested in Maths, you should probably read this book.


  • This book is a biography of Ramanujan, the Indian genius mathematician.It s difficult to avoid finding Ramanujan fascinating, even if you have no interest in math He was born poor in India in 1887, and showed an incredible natural talent for math including theoretical as well as arithmetical abilities but his poor academic talent in other areas prevented him from moving up in India s educational structure While working a series of low level bureaucratic jobs, he continually tried to get prominen [...]


  • Ramanujan is one of the greatest mathematicians and the most famous mathematician that India has ever produced I hardly knew anything about him or his contributions to mathematics I picked this book up with the sole intention of knowing about this genius And I am so glad that I did It was such an inspiring story that I feel every young person must read it.Ramanujan has been compared with mathematicians like Euler and Jacobi Ramanujan was a genius, he was the man whom the English had moved heave [...]


  • A head first dive into one of India s most intuitive mathematicians, depicting the central theme of his life Inspite of being shrouded by circumstances involving British Rule, the World War I, illnesses, cultural obligations, his sheer willpower to pursue what he loved, is astounding He possessed the rarest of the abilities to imagine and invent mathematics, to be able to shine a light on paths that people never knew existed, and be able to enter into conclusions others would take years to prove [...]


  • This biography is about a a self taught, turn of the century mathematician, Srinivas Ramanjan So, the story is about a man who has an obsession with numbers and maths, but is born in a culture which does not understand it He is born in Southern India where religion matters than anything As correctly, Robert Kanigel pointed out,If Bombay was known for commerce, and Calcutta for Politics, Madras was the most single mindedly religious It was a place where there was less, as it were, to distract yo [...]


  • The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel explores the uprbining of legendary math genious Ramanujan The book starts in his earliest upbrinings through childhood He grew up in the small slums of Madras, where class and and religious segregation defined societys laws A devout muslim, Ramanujan s wore traditional clothing, was a strict vegetarian, and reguarly attended the temple His high school was rundown, and deprived in American standards, however for the rural area, where most teenagers did [...]


  • Wonderful biography of Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the most romantic figures of the history of mathematics and science born relatively poor, no contact with universities, shut out due to an extremely rigid system, no training in mathematics, a pure autodidact who somehow managed to come up with novel and outstanding results but was seen as a bit of a crank, then was invited to the UK by Hardy to finally come in contact with the greats of mathematics, finally got recognition, published a slew of [...]


  • This book describes the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan He was an Indian mathematician of early 20th century The book is written beautifully The author gives all the relevant information like local customs, religion, geography, and family dynamics at appropriate places while describing the life of Mr Ramanujan The friendship between two great mathematicians, G H Hardy and S Ramanujan is narrated in great details and makes a very important part of this book Those two men were as different as they can [...]


  • First of all kudos to ROBERT KANIGEL to come up with such fascinating facts about one of the indigenous prodigy Ramanujan with such ease and effortless storytelling which is rare to be seen without using much mathematical jargons that would make this book certainly romantic affair for the readers The way all threads are connected with such sumptuous details in chronological events order ,perhaps it keeps your intrigue alive through out The way Hardy s idiosyncrasies and peculiar thinking are por [...]


  • The book gives you a fascinating insight into Srinivasan Ramanujan s life Interested in mathematics from early on, Ramanujan overcame all barriers, including a complete lack of formal mathematical training, to become one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century The book explores Ramanujan s mind, which worked very differently from an average great mathematician Focused on intuitive reasoning rather than rigorous proof, Ramanujan was often disregarded, only to be discovered later By Cam [...]


  • This book is so well written The author seem to have done so much of deep research This is how, I feel, biographies should be written You can actually feel as if you were with Srinvasa Ramanujan all through his lifeThe greatest lesson to be learnt from this life story of Ramanujan is that to encourage and support a person for their skills and talent instead of insisting that they follow the syllabus and curriculum prepared decided by the State and Educationists from earlier generations.A mustrea [...]


  • This is one of the fascinating books I ve read in a long time Though I am aware of Srinivasa Ramanujan and his achievements, this books takes us through an entirely different journey altogether Author had researched every nook and corner to gather the much required materials to write about the man who knew infinity.Like all the regular biographies, even this book takes its steps in a chronological order, starting with the birth of Ramanujan and his upbringing in the small town of Kumbhakonam in [...]


  • Talented biographers tend to be drawn towards one of two kinds of subject First, there are the people whose lives hold some sort of intrinsic appeal people like Gandhi, Shakespeare, et al But we also have subjects whose biographical worthiness requires a writer s acumen to uncover see, for instance, the tale of Henrietta Lacks Crucially, each kind presents the biographer with a challenge, whether it involves saying something noteworthy or proving that the story s even worth telling in the first [...]


  • A beautiful look into a fascinating but short life More than Ramanujan s genius and potential that was tragically cut short in its prime, what affected me was the tragic life of his wife Married at 13 and widowed very soon with hardly a sniff at life Wish we had a culture that treated its women better Writing wise, I wish the author didn t spend so many pages writing G.H Hardy s biography Would have helped me struggle less thru the first half of the book


  • I believe there is a math world which I go into when I really get into a proof or equation or whatnot For me, like many others I imagine, it is a foreign land wherein I don t speak the language fluently nor know the local customs Ramanujan, however, seemed to be native to it and preferred being there.This book provides a decent portrait of the individual he was a normal man who had his share of misfortunes, troubles, and difficulties but who also had joys and epiphanies oh, and happened to be ve [...]


  • I m torn between rating this two or three stars, but decided to round up to three.The difficulty here was figuring out whether the writing or the story was important, and in the end I went with story However, here are some problems I had with the book 1 Flowery descriptions that were in some places completely ridiculous and in some others just wrong2 Lots of irrelevant detail I don t care about the author of the book that was read by Ramanujan, or the boat he traveled to England in 3 A lack of [...]


  • This is the best biography I have ever read The author s writing was brilliant He evoked the characters of Ramanujan and Hardy, and the feeling of India and England and their relationship at that time He provided a sense of World War I, and some of the importance of Ramanujan for India and the rest of the world during his lifetime as well as after his death The depth he achieved in this biography is an uncommon accomplishment In addition, it is difficult to provide a sense of the mathematics inv [...]


  • This is a very well researched and wonderfully written biography of two great mathematecians S.Ramanujan and G.H.Hardy The author goes into a lot of details about ramanujan s early life and his struggles in south india and after his discovery by hardy, the author goes into the aspects of his life in cambridge.The only disappointment in this book is how little of ramanujan s work in mathematics is present in it.even though i wish there was math in it,this is still an excellent book.


  • 3.75 stars The book tells the story of Ramanujan, a self taught mathematical genius who grew up poor in southern India at the turn of the 20th century, without proper instruction in math or anything else, because he was stubborn You don t have to be interested in math to enjoy this book It s about finding finding ways to nurture genius as best as possible, particularly when it s found in places unsung for producing the cream of the crop He had to struggle to come to the attention of the western [...]


  • Paraphrasing the excellent prologue to this edition, One cannot understand Ramanujan s life without some appreciation for the mathematics that he lived for, loved and some would say, sacrificed his health for Can we understand an artist without a feeling for the works A philosopher without a glimpse into the philosopher s beliefs Well, this brilliant biography accepts the challenge and succeeds in giving the reader a tangible taste of the remarkable mathematical theorems of Ramanujan, as well as [...]


  • Writing a biography, that too of a Mathematician, that too of an era so bygone that it is difficult for half the world to relate to it is an audacity that speaks of the might of Robert Kanigel What could have been a dry documentary of a genius so far advanced for normal mortals to understand is instead turned into a heart moving account of Ramanujan s life Those days light up in the ink of Kanigel and the reader gets to peek from behind the curtains of how the short life of this Indian genius un [...]


  • One of the most detailed, researched and structured biography that I ve ever read The author goes beyond the normal storytelling narrative by equally valuing the the great mathematician s character and motivations He even succeeds a great deal in making the layman reader appreciate the complex mathematical topics and Ramanujan s contributions to those fields.He was a perfectionist but I felt that he went a bit overboard on several occasions Since I am interested in reading about Ramanujan, I am [...]


  • It saddens me to no end that Ramanujan isn t as widely known as, say, Einstein or Newton Certainly, this man contributed so, so, so much to the field of mathematics and beyond Today, his equations are used to understand black holes and other aspects of the universe which, to him, were widely unknown and unfathomable.This biography is really dense and replete with details that may not add to the story of his life, but I applaud the author for being so meticulous, taking the reader on a biographic [...]


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