Ramanujan: Letters and Commentary
About this Title
Bruce C. Berndt, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL and Robert A. Rankin, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Publication: History of Mathematics
Publication Year: 1995; Volume 9
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-0470-4 (print); 978-1-4704-3877-7 (online)
MathSciNet review: MR1353909
MSC: Primary 01A70
The letters that Ramanujan wrote to G. H. Hardy on January 16 and February 27, 1913, are two of the most famous letters in the history of mathematics. These and other letters introduced Ramanujan and his remarkable theorems to the world and stimulated much research, especially in the 1920s and 1930s. This book brings together many letters to, from, and about Ramanujan. The letters came from the National Archives in Delhi, the Archives in the State of Tamil Nadu, and a variety of other sources. Helping to orient the reader is the extensive commentary, both mathematical and cultural, by Berndt and Rankin; in particular, they discuss in detail the history, up to the present day, of each mathematical result in the letters. Containing many letters that have never been published before, this book will appeal to those interested in Ramanujan's mathematics as well as those wanting to learn more about the personal side of his life.
Ramanujan: Letters and Commentary was selected for the CHOICE list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1996.
General mathematical audience.
Table of Contents
- A brief biography of Ramanujan
- Chapter 1. Ramanujan in Madras
- Chapter 2. Ramanujan’s first two letters to Hardy and Hardy’s responses
- Chapter 3. Preparing to go to England
- Chapter 4. Ramanujan at Cambridge
- Chapter 5. Ramanujan is ill
- Chapter 6. Ramanujan returns to India
- Chapter 7. After his death
- Chapter 8. Ramanujan’s papers and manuscripts
- Chapter 9. Family histories
- Provenance of letters