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By Ken Ono

"The son of a well known eastern mathematician who got here to the us after international battle II, Ken Ono used to be raised on a nutrition of excessive expectancies and little compliment. Rebelling opposed to his pressure-cooker of a lifestyles, Ken decided to drop out of highschool to keep on with his personal course. to acquire his father’s approval, he invoked the biography of the well-known Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, whom his father respected, who had two times flunked out of faculty due to his single-minded devotion to mathematics.
Ono describes his rocky direction via collage and graduate university, interweaving Ramanujan’s tale together with his personal and telling how at key moments, he was once encouraged via Ramanujan and guided through mentors who inspired him to pursue his curiosity in exploring Ramanujan’s mathematical legacy.
Picking up the place others left off, starting with the nice English mathematician G.H. Hardy, who introduced Ramanujan to Cambridge in 1914, Ono has dedicated his mathematical occupation to realizing how in his brief lifestyles, Ramanujan used to be in a position to detect such a lot of deep mathematical truths, which Ramanujan believed have been despatched to him as visions from a Hindu goddess. And it was once Ramanujan who was once finally the resource of reconciliation among Ono and his parents.
Ono’s look for Ramanujan levels over 3 continents and crosses paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the full 20th century and past. alongside the way in which, Ken made many desirable discoveries. crucial and striking considered one of all was once his personal humanity."

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