Book ID: CBB042334593

My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count (2016)


Ono, Ken (Author)
Aczel, Amir D. (Author)


Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 235 pages
Language: English

"The son of a prominent Japanese mathematician who came to the United States after World War II, Ken Ono was raised on a diet of high expectations and little praise. Rebelling against his pressure-cooker of a life, Ken determined to drop out of high school to follow his own path. To obtain his father’s approval, he invoked the biography of the famous Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, whom his father revered, who had twice flunked out of college because of his single-minded devotion to mathematics.Ono describes his rocky path through college and graduate school, interweaving Ramanujan’s story with his own and telling how at key moments, he was inspired by Ramanujan and guided by mentors who encouraged him to pursue his interest in exploring Ramanujan’s mathematical legacy.Picking up where others left off, beginning with the great English mathematician G.H. Hardy, who brought Ramanujan to Cambridge in 1914, Ono has devoted his mathematical career to understanding how in his short life, Ramanujan was able to discover so many deep mathematical truths, which Ramanujan believed had been sent to him as visions from a Hindu goddess. And it was Ramanujan who was ultimately the source of reconciliation between Ono and his parents.Ono’s search for Ramanujan ranges over three continents and crosses paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the entire twentieth century and beyond. Along the way, Ken made many fascinating discoveries. The most important and surprising one of all was his own humanity."

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Review Christopher Hollings (2017) Review of "My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 744-745). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Berndt, Bruce C.
Askey, Richard A.
Shils, Edward
Borwein, Jonathan M.
Borwein, Peter B.
Albert, Robert S.
American Mathematical Monthly
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Scientific American
Journal of Medical Biography
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Science in Context
American Mathematical Society
Oxford University Press
Harper Collins
Springer Science + Business Media
Cambridge University Press
World Scientific
Number theory; number concept
Science education and teaching
Sequences and series (mathematics)
Ramanujan, Srinivasa
Hardy, Godfrey Harold
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Filelfo, Francesco
Bose, Jagadis Chandra, Sir
Riemann, Georg Friedrich Bernhard
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Great Britain

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