The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius, Ramanujan Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Robert Kanigel
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Chapter 1 - In the Temple's Coolness

• Ramanujan was born in the town of Kumbakonam in South India.

• His parents were of the Brahmin caste, but his father was a low-level clerk.

• Directing his early energy into devotions, Ramanujan was very religious as a child.

• As he grew up, Ramanujan directed his religious devotion toward math, where he excelled.

Chapter 2 Ranging with Delight

• Ramanujan found a copy of 'A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics' and learned theorems, formulas and equations from the book.

• 'A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics' did not demonstrate the logic of problems, so Ramanujan would hereafter have difficulty showing his work.

• With a tremendous ability to calculate mentally, Ramanujan would solve problems by plugging in numbers, which led to difficulties with large and small numbers.

• On scholarship, Ramanujan went to Kumbakonam's Government College, but lost his scholarship...

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