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The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
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Nov 11, 2011

it was amazing
Read from June 11 to 30, 2012

This book is actually about two scientists: Ramanujan and his mentor G.H. Hardy. It gives an excellent overview of both of them and the work they did as mathematicans. It also shows the clash in cultures: India and England and their own personalities. The math I didn't understand but it was explained in a way that I at least got a feel for what they were doing and Ramnujan's genius. It is a book I will think about for a while. I felt when I was finished that I knew these two men as well as I could considering the distance in time, space, and my midwestern culture and lack of scientific mind or education.

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Reading Progress

06/11/2012 page 60
06/14/2012 page 100
22.83% "I understand math about as much as I understand Klingon, however, this book is written in such a way that I can get a feel for the math (and the genius) and appreciate numbers like I never have before."
06/21/2012 page 210
47.95% "fascinating!"

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