The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius, Ramanujan Test | Final Test - Hard

Robert Kanigel
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was it that offended Ramanujan when he invited some friends to dinner?

2. How does Kanigel describe Ramanujan's relationship with his wife?

3. How did Ramanujan see himself socially, according to Kanigel?

4. When do mathematicians believe Ramanujan did his best work?

5. How does Kanigel say Ramanujan saw himself when he was returning to India?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role of Ramanujan's wife in his life and career. How important was it for him to be married? Was he married to someone or something else besides his wife?

Essay Topic 2

What kind of mathematical thinker was Ramanujan? What kinds of problems was he attracted to, and how did he deploy his intelligence to solve them? What kinds of problems did he avoid?

Essay Topic 3

What problems did Ramanujan have because of his schooling, and how did he overcome them? (i.e. what techniques did he use, and how successful was he?)

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