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The Man Who Knew Infinity (English)

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Language: English
Length: 448 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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This is the biography of a mathematical prodigy- Srinivasa Ramanujan, whose inhibited genius finally came to recognition when he stepped into Europe.


Summary Of The Book


Srinivasa Ramanujan was an enigma during his lifetime and continues to be one, even today. Ramanujan was born into a poor Brahmin family in Madras, and his parents were financially unable to support him after his initial schooling, which is one of life’s little ironies, since his contributions to the world of mathematics are inspiring and brilliant.


Kanigel doesn’t stop with focusing on the protagonist, and provides a peek into the setting in which Ramanujan was groomed and raised. He describes how the education system in India works, the orthodox nature of Ramanujan’s family, and his premature marriage to a very young girl.


He takes readers through how, after writing to many mathematicians and several failed attempts to make himself heard, luck finally aided Ramanujan when G.H. Hardy, an English mathematician, realized his gift. Ramanujan received a scholarship to continue with his study and research in the field of Pure Mathematics. Hardy managed to get him to England, where Ramanujan worked closely with him and other Cambridge mathematicians.


Kanigel also acquaints the world with the canons that guide the Indian society, and in Ramanujan’s case, all these hampered with his mathematical explorations. Unable to comply with cultural norms, he became a social outcast. An arranged marriage to a minor, who suffered a great deal under his mother’s ill-treatment, left him in a state of anxiety and distress.


Unfortunately, in England, he contracted tuberculosis and his battle against the disease deterred his further discoveries. He succumbed to the illness at the early age of 32. It is to be noted that some of his unfinished work is still being analyzed by mathematicians.


The Man Who Knew Infinity was written by Robert Kanigel in the year 1991. The verity of the information provided in the biography evinces extensive research and the book received and continues to receive positive reviews in India and abroad.


About Robert Kanigel


Robert Kanigel is a Brooklyn-born biographer and science writer. After completing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he began freelance writing in 1970 and published his first book in 1986.


Kanigel’s writings, however, are not confined to books, and he has published over 400 articles, essays and reviews, appearing in magazines like Johns Hopkins Magazine, Baltimore Sun, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Science 85, and Human Behavior. As an author, he wrote many books, including Apprentice To Genius: The Making of a Scientific Dynasty, The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency, High Season: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years, and On An Irish Island.


Kanigel’s books are commended for their well-researched and detailed content and are considered lively and interesting to read.
Robert Kanigel was born on 28 May, 1946, and studied in New York. Later, he went on to become professor of science writing at MIT and directed a Graduate Program in Writing for 7 years. In 1999, Kanigel returned to Baltimore to pick up his writing full time and began working on a biography of Jane Jacobs.

Specifications of The Man Who Knew Infinity (English) (Paperback)

Contributors
Author Robert Kanigel
Book Details
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Abacus
Publication Year 1992
ISBN-13 9780349104522
ISBN-10 0349104522
Language English
Edition New edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 448 Pages
Dimensions
Width 127.0 inch
Height 360.0 inch
Depth 29 inch
Weight 29.0 Millimeters
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Sunil
29 Dec 2011
Captivating

Excellent read & a well researched book. The genius of Ramanujan is perplexing. A bit sad that he had to die so young. Can't imagine what he'd have done living a few more years in good health. A must read for any math fan - strongly recommended!

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Bishal Banerjee
11 Mar 2014
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Awesome book but poor page quality !!

Nothing to be commented on the story . But what a poor page quality at this level of high price!!! disappointed!

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Sankar%20Prasad Das
20 Dec 2013
About the quality of the production

This review is NOT about the contents of this book - of course that is of very
high quality. But the item is miserbale in production quality. Very bad quality pages and
equally bad printing. I think for Rs. 395/- it was really being fooled by hachette India
who are publishing it specially for Indian readers.

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Aaditya Majalee
27 Apr 2012
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Bad book quality

I have bought quite a number of books on flipkart. but this is the first book whose quality of paper, printing is very bad. it is printed by some delhi/noida company. after paying 400 odd rupees, it is surprising to get such a bad quality. i think the foreign edition of the book selling for 900 odd rupees would be better. do not buy this book, buy the foreign edition.

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L%20Jayaram Haravu
17 Apr 2012
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The Man who knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel

Most of us have heard of the Mathematical genius, Ramanuajam, and how G H Hardy, a British Mathematician facilitated his visit to England. We are also aware of the amazing insights of Ramanujam and how he and Hardy worked together to bring these insights into wider knowledge. However, the book by Kanigel traces the history of Ramanujam and his ordinary background from a small town in south India in such great detail and with such a human touch that the book is worth every minute spent in reading it. The author has given a lot of importance also to the mathematical elements of Ramanujam's gr... ()

Most of us have heard of the Mathematical genius, Ramanuajam, and how G H Hardy, a British Mathematician facilitated his visit to England. We are also aware of the amazing insights of Ramanujam and how he and Hardy worked together to bring these insights into wider knowledge. However, the book by Kanigel traces the history of Ramanujam and his ordinary background from a small town in south India in such great detail and with such a human touch that the book is worth every minute spent in reading it. The author has given a lot of importance also to the mathematical elements of Ramanujam's gr...
Most of us have heard of the Mathematical genius, Ramanuajam, and how G H Hardy, a British Mathematician facilitated his visit to England. We are also aware of the amazing insights of Ramanujam and how he and Hardy worked together to bring these insights into wider knowledge. However, the book by Kanigel traces the history of Ramanujam and his ordinary background from a small town in south India in such great detail and with such a human touch that the book is worth every minute spent in reading it. The author has given a lot of importance also to the mathematical elements of Ramanujam's greatness unlike other biographers of the genius.

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Krutik Arekar
24 Apr 2014
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A biography worth your time

Absolutely a very good book. The only complain is about the product, Little, Brown books seem to be very poorly made for India- I ended up pasting 2 halves of the book. Get the Random House paper back instead. Fascinating content though. (View complete review)

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Ranadheer Pasula
26 Mar 2014
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Interesting narration

The book, is written with a perfect blend of maths and life of Ramanujan, albiet i might not be a person to confirm all facts presented in the book, but it gives an overall account of the life a truly intellectual person.... (View complete review)

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Bishal Banerjee
11 Mar 2014
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Awesome book but poor page quality !!

Nothing to be commented on the story . But what a poor page quality at this level of high price!!! disappointed! (View complete review)

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srilakshmi
17 Feb 2014
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a must read for all math lovers

a must read for all math lovers.has all unknown facts about the acclaimed mathematician.
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Mukundhan Kidambi
02 Feb 2014
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Probably the best biography out there on Ramanujan

I was driven to buy this book after the knowledge that they were going to make a movie on Ramanujan. Robert Kanigel's work is touted to be the most authoritative biography on Ramanujan and one can see it from the details he presents in this book. His narration got me hooked and after reading the... (View complete review)

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