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I have read this book in my first year at my college- BITS Pilani. Though everyone is aware about Dr. Ramanujan yet several children in India still don't know about it which is quite disheartening.
It was quite a compelling read and I readily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Mathematics. Surprisingly I even found a reference to my college temple in which his bust has been carved in stone.
SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN(1887-1920) hailed as the greatest Mathematician of
India and compared to all time greats, Euler, Gauss and Jacobi, is an
eternal sourceof inspiration, especially to students of mathematics.
This book presents a brief biographical account of his life and glimpses into his work on highly composite numbers, elliptic functions, partitions, hypergeometric series, continued fractions, mock theta functions and other topics. A unique feature of this book is that it provides complete lists of all the papers pertaining to Ramanujan in the Wren Library of Trinity COllege, Cambridge and the letters and other material about him with the National Archives, New Delhi and the Tamilnadu Archives, Chennai. In the words of Prof. Bruce C. Berndt, who is the world expert on the Notebooks of Ramanujan, this book "significantly adds to our knowledge about Ramanujan and his work". In this second revised edition (December 2004; first edition 1998), additional inputs which update the book have been added essentially at the end of the last chapter, and an index is also added.
About the Author:
Dr. K. Srinivasa Rao, FNASc, FTNASc., is a retired Senior Professor of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, where he was a faculty member between August 1972 and Nov. 2002. His research intersts are in:
Special Functions, q-series, group theory, quantum algebras, computer algebra and Ramanujan's Notebooks. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bonn, a Visiting Associate Professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Visting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the Duke University, University of Ghent and has visited and lectured at many Universities and Institutes in Canada, Europe, Japan and U.S.A. He has several publications in international journals of repute (like the Journal of Mathematical Physics; Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General; Physical Review; Physics Letters; Computer Physics Communications; Nuclear Physics; Zietschrift fur Physik; Canadian Journal of Physics, etc.) and Indian journals of repute (Current Science; Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics; Matscience Reports, etc.). He has received the Science Popularisation Award of the Tamilnadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, for the concept, design and creation of the Pie Pavilion and the Ramanujan Gallery for the Indian Scinece Congress held at Chennai in 1998 and which has been on a permanent footing since mid 1999 at the Tamilnadu Science and Technology Center in Kotturpuram in Chennai. This is now (since April 2009) being upgraded into a full-fledged Ramanujan Mathematics Museum and is scheduled for reopening by the end of 2009 or in 2010.
Life of Ramanujan
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