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. Who is NOT included in the list of people who have benefited from Ramanujan's work, in Kanigel's account?

2. Who learned of Ramanujan's arrival by the newspapers?

3. When did Ramanujan die?

4. How does Kanigel describe the value of Ramanujan's discovery?

5. What was Euler's contribution to understanding partitions?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Having reached a degree of fame, Ramanujan attempted suicide because he could not solve all the problems around him. Why was Ramanujan incapable of handling this inevitable limitation? Where else in his life were his needs far beyond the realm of what was possible?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the influence of education systems on Ramanujan's life. How much is he defined by the systems from which he came? How is he defined by other influences?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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