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Book DetailsHistory of MathematicsVolume: 22; 2001; 347 ppMSC: Primary 01; Secondary 11; 33
This book contains essays on Ramanujan and his work that were written especially for this volume. It also includes important survey articles in areas influenced by Ramanujan's mathematics. Most of the articles in the book are nontechnical, but even those that are more technical contain substantial sections that will engage the general reader.
The book opens with the only four existing photographs of Ramanujan, presenting historical accounts of them and information about other people in the photos. This section includes an account of a cryptic family history written by his younger brother, S. Lakshmi Narasimhan. Following are articles on Ramanujan's illness by R. A. Rankin, the British physician D. A. B. Young, and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. They present a study of his symptoms, a convincing diagnosis of the cause of his death, and a thorough exposition of Ramanujan's life as a patient in English sanitariums and nursing homes.
Following this are biographies of S. Janaki (Mrs. Ramanujan) and S. Narayana Iyer, Chief Accountant of the Madras Port Trust Office, who first communicated Ramanujan's work to the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. The last half of the book begins with a section on “Ramanujan's Manuscripts and Notebooks”. Included is an important article by G. E. Andrews on Ramanujan's lost notebook.
The final two sections feature both nontechnical articles, such as Jonathan and Peter Borwein's “Ramanujan and pi”, and more technical articles by Freeman Dyson, Atle Selberg, Richard Askey, and G. N. Watson.
ReadershipGeneral mathematical audience.

Table of Contents

The life of Ramanujan [ MR MR1862732 ]

Bruce C. Berndt — The four photographs of Ramanujan

Bruce C. Berndt and Robert A. Rankin — The books studied by Ramanujan in India

Bruce C. Berndt — The influence of Carr’s synopsis on Ramanujan

Bruce C. Berndt — The notebooks of Srinivasa Ramanujan

A recently discovered letter giving Ramanujan’s examination scores

S. Chandrasekhar — On Ramanujan

Robert A. Rankin — The Ramanujan family record

Ramanujan’s illness [ MR MR1862732 ]

Robert A. Rankin — Ramanujan as a patient

D. A. B. Young — Ramanujan’s illness

S. Chandrasekhar — An incident in the life of S. Ramanujan, F.R.S.: Conversations with G. H. Hardy, F.R.S. and J. E. Littlewood, F.R.S. and their sequel

S. Janaki [ MR MR1862732 ]

Bruce C. Berndt — S. Janaki Ammal (Mrs. Ramanujan)

Conversation “I didn’t understand his work, but I knew his worth”

S. Narayana Iyer [ MR MR1862732 ]

Bruce C. Berndt — A short biography of S. Narayana Iyer

S. Narayana Aiyar — The distribution of primes

S. Narayana Aiyar — Some theorems in summation

E. H. Neville [ MR MR1862732 ]

E. H. Neville — Srinivasa Ramanujan [redacted]

University lectures in Madras

Ramanujan’s manuscripts and notebooks [ MR MR1862732 ]

Robert A. Rankin — Ramanujan’s manuscripts and notebooks

Robert A. Rankin — Ramanujan’s manuscripts and notebooks, II

Bruce C. Berndt — An overview of Ramanujan’s notebooks [redacted]

George E. Andrews — An introduction to Ramanujan’s “lost” notebook

Nontechnical articles on Ramanujan’s work [ MR MR1862732 ]

Jonathan M. Borwein and Peter B. Borwein — Ramanujan and pi [redacted]

Bruce C. Berndt — $\pi $ related developments since 1988

Atle Selberg — Reflections around the Ramanujan centenary

Bruce C. Berndt, YounSeo Choi and SoonYi Kang — The problems submitted by Ramanujan to the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society

Somewhat more technical articles on Ramanujan’s work [ MR MR1862732 ]

Freeman J. Dyson — A walk through Ramanujan’s garden

R. Askey — Ramanujan and hypergeometric and basic hypergeometric series

G. N. Watson — The final problem: An account of the mock theta functions


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A valuable source of initiation into Ramanujan's mathematics for some time to come.
B. Sury, Resonance 
The book under review assembles a fine collection of essays by several distinguished authors on a variety of topics that range over Ramanujan's remarkable life and contributions ... This book is a worthy sequel to Ramanujan: Letters and Commentary. It also nicely complements Hardy's classic Ramanujan: Twelve Lectures on Subjects Suggested by His Life and Work and Ramanujan's Collected Papers ... Selberg's ... article provides many insights and is a magnificent tribute to Ramanujan ... This book, with its delightful collection of essays and surveys relating to Ramanujan's life and mathematics, is accessible to, and an inspiration for, laymen, students, and professional mathematicians alike.
MAA Monthly


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This book contains essays on Ramanujan and his work that were written especially for this volume. It also includes important survey articles in areas influenced by Ramanujan's mathematics. Most of the articles in the book are nontechnical, but even those that are more technical contain substantial sections that will engage the general reader.
The book opens with the only four existing photographs of Ramanujan, presenting historical accounts of them and information about other people in the photos. This section includes an account of a cryptic family history written by his younger brother, S. Lakshmi Narasimhan. Following are articles on Ramanujan's illness by R. A. Rankin, the British physician D. A. B. Young, and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. They present a study of his symptoms, a convincing diagnosis of the cause of his death, and a thorough exposition of Ramanujan's life as a patient in English sanitariums and nursing homes.
Following this are biographies of S. Janaki (Mrs. Ramanujan) and S. Narayana Iyer, Chief Accountant of the Madras Port Trust Office, who first communicated Ramanujan's work to the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. The last half of the book begins with a section on “Ramanujan's Manuscripts and Notebooks”. Included is an important article by G. E. Andrews on Ramanujan's lost notebook.
The final two sections feature both nontechnical articles, such as Jonathan and Peter Borwein's “Ramanujan and pi”, and more technical articles by Freeman Dyson, Atle Selberg, Richard Askey, and G. N. Watson.
General mathematical audience.

The life of Ramanujan [ MR MR1862732 ]

Bruce C. Berndt — The four photographs of Ramanujan

Bruce C. Berndt and Robert A. Rankin — The books studied by Ramanujan in India

Bruce C. Berndt — The influence of Carr’s synopsis on Ramanujan

Bruce C. Berndt — The notebooks of Srinivasa Ramanujan

A recently discovered letter giving Ramanujan’s examination scores

S. Chandrasekhar — On Ramanujan

Robert A. Rankin — The Ramanujan family record

Ramanujan’s illness [ MR MR1862732 ]

Robert A. Rankin — Ramanujan as a patient

D. A. B. Young — Ramanujan’s illness

S. Chandrasekhar — An incident in the life of S. Ramanujan, F.R.S.: Conversations with G. H. Hardy, F.R.S. and J. E. Littlewood, F.R.S. and their sequel

S. Janaki [ MR MR1862732 ]

Bruce C. Berndt — S. Janaki Ammal (Mrs. Ramanujan)

Conversation “I didn’t understand his work, but I knew his worth”

S. Narayana Iyer [ MR MR1862732 ]

Bruce C. Berndt — A short biography of S. Narayana Iyer

S. Narayana Aiyar — The distribution of primes

S. Narayana Aiyar — Some theorems in summation

E. H. Neville [ MR MR1862732 ]

E. H. Neville — Srinivasa Ramanujan [redacted]

University lectures in Madras

Ramanujan’s manuscripts and notebooks [ MR MR1862732 ]

Robert A. Rankin — Ramanujan’s manuscripts and notebooks

Robert A. Rankin — Ramanujan’s manuscripts and notebooks, II

Bruce C. Berndt — An overview of Ramanujan’s notebooks [redacted]

George E. Andrews — An introduction to Ramanujan’s “lost” notebook

Nontechnical articles on Ramanujan’s work [ MR MR1862732 ]

Jonathan M. Borwein and Peter B. Borwein — Ramanujan and pi [redacted]

Bruce C. Berndt — $\pi $ related developments since 1988

Atle Selberg — Reflections around the Ramanujan centenary

Bruce C. Berndt, YounSeo Choi and SoonYi Kang — The problems submitted by Ramanujan to the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society

Somewhat more technical articles on Ramanujan’s work [ MR MR1862732 ]

Freeman J. Dyson — A walk through Ramanujan’s garden

R. Askey — Ramanujan and hypergeometric and basic hypergeometric series

G. N. Watson — The final problem: An account of the mock theta functions

A valuable source of initiation into Ramanujan's mathematics for some time to come.
B. Sury, Resonance 
The book under review assembles a fine collection of essays by several distinguished authors on a variety of topics that range over Ramanujan's remarkable life and contributions ... This book is a worthy sequel to Ramanujan: Letters and Commentary. It also nicely complements Hardy's classic Ramanujan: Twelve Lectures on Subjects Suggested by His Life and Work and Ramanujan's Collected Papers ... Selberg's ... article provides many insights and is a magnificent tribute to Ramanujan ... This book, with its delightful collection of essays and surveys relating to Ramanujan's life and mathematics, is accessible to, and an inspiration for, laymen, students, and professional mathematicians alike.
MAA Monthly