The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel audiobook

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

By Robert Kanigel
Read by Humphrey Bower

Blackstone Publishing
17.44 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

A Staff of Publishers Weekly Pick of Best Backlist Books We Read in 2018

A 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Biography/Autobiography

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 1991 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the most romantic stories in the history of mathematics…superbly evocative…thoroughly captivating.” New York Times
“A masterpiece.” Washington Post Book World
“Ramanujan’s tale is the stuff of fable…an exquisite portrait…a compelling read.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A brilliant study of one of the most remarkable and enigmatic minds of the century.” News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
“[A] moving and astonishing biography [and an] improbable story…Kanigel gives nontechnical readers the flavor of how Ramanujan arrived at his mathematical ideas, which are used today in cosmology and computer science.” Publishers Weekly
“Arithmetic equations in an audiobook? In Humphrey Bower’s eloquent reading…spoken numbers manage not to confuse…Bower reads with interest and command. He paces the math discussions to interest all listeners, and his command of British and Indian intonations adds color to the dialogue and quotations. Introduced with atmospheric music, this is a classy production.” AudioFile
“This extremely well-researched and well-written biography is a ‘must’ addition to any library collection.” Library Journal
“[A] brilliantly realized biography...Kanigel’s particular interest in how primitive superstition, India’s bureaucratic mind-set, English spiritual asceticism, and a Western war combined to destroy the miracle of Ramanujan’s genius adds deeper dimensions to the already fascinating story of a difficult but astoundingly fruitful cross-cultural collaboration.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Robert Kanigel

Author Bio: Robert Kanigel

Robert Kanigel is the author of several books and recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Grady-Stack Award for science writing. His book The Man Who Knew Infinity was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. For twelve years he was a professor of science writing at MIT. He now writes full time.

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Available Formats : MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 17.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English