In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk 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 Srinivasa 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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"Arithmetic equations in an audiobook? In Humphrey Bower's eloquent reading of this lauded 1991 biography of one of the world's most brilliant and mystifying mathematicians, spoken numbers manage not to confuse. Admittedly, being able to see them would be nice, but mathematically inclined listeners can write down the equations as Bower reads, and non-math listeners wouldn't really learn much from seeing the numbers anyway. They can join everyone else in appreciating the story of Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. 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. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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