Friend of Numbers: The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan

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Friend of Numbers: The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan

By  Priya Narayanan , Illustrated By  Satwik Gade
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A memorable, inspiring introduction to a groundbreaking figure in STEM history.

Growing up in southern India during British rule, Srinivasa Ramanujan was fascinated by numbers: they made patterns only he could see. Soon he spent as much time as he could in the world of mathematics, exploring concepts and trying to publish his ideas. In 1914, twenty-six-year-old Ramanujan sailed to England to work with the acclaimed mathematician G.H. Hardy. Cambridge University was so different from home, but Ramanujan's love of numbers kept him going. He had big questions to ask--and important discoveries to make

This captivating biography follows the short but brilliant life of a man recognized as a genius in his time and our own. With bright, occasionally amusing art and compelling back matter, Friend of Numbers is an unforgettable portrait of one of history's most incredible mathematical minds.

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Priya Naranyanan is a writer, poet, and architect based in Ahmadabad City, India. While researching Friend of Numbers, she traveled to many places associated with Srinivasa Ramanujan, including his homes in Kumbakonam and Chennai, India, and in Cambridge, England. Visit Priya's website at and follow her on Twitter @moonspotting. Satwik Gade is an artist and designer whose work is inspired by comics, Indian mythology, and Impressionist art. He lives in Chennai, India, where he is the political cartoonist for the newspaper The Hindu. Follow Satwik on Instagram @satwikgade.

ISBN: 9780802856081

ISBN-10: 9780802856081

Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 10/17/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/17/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 40

Language: English


Biography & Autobiography - Cultural & Regional

Mathematics - General

Places - Asia