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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Kanigel
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: November 2007
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk named Srinivasa Ramanujan wrote a letter to G. H. Hardy, begging that pre-eminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Hardy, realizing the letter was the work of a genius, arranged for Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most remarkable collaborations ever chronicled.
With a passion for rich and evocative detail, Robert Kanigel takes us from the temples and teeming 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 today is still being plumbed for its secrets.

Author Details

Author Details

Kanigel, Robert

Robert Kanigel, a professor of science writing at MIT, where he directs the graduate program in science writing, is a winner of the Grady-Stack Award for science writing. His book The Man Who Knew Infinity was a finalist for the 1991 Los Angeles Times Book Award in the science category. He lives in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore.