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My Search for Ramanujan

How I Learned to Count

  • Ken Ono
  • Amir D. Aczel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. My Life Before Ramanujan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 3-12
    3. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 13-26
    4. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 27-42
    5. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 43-48
    6. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 49-50
  3. The Legend of Ramanujan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 53-58
    3. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 59-62
    4. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 63-66
    5. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 67-68
    6. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 69-72
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      Pages 73-74
    8. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 75-78
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      Pages 79-84
    10. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 85-88
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      Pages 89-90
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      Pages 91-92
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      Pages 93-96
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      Pages 97-98
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      Pages 99-102
    16. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 103-104
  4. My Life Adrift

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 107-110
    3. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 111-118
    4. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 119-122
    5. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 123-130
    6. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 131-138
  5. Finding My Way

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 141-148
    3. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 149-156
    4. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 157-166
    5. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 167-172
    6. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 173-184
    7. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 185-190
    8. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 191-196
    9. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 197-200
    10. Ken Ono, Amir D. Aczel
      Pages 201-204
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-238

About this book

Introduction

"The son of a prominent Japanese mathematician who came to the United States after World War II, Ken Ono was raised on a diet of high expectations and little praise. Rebelling against his pressure-cooker of a life, Ken determined to drop out of high school to follow his own path. To obtain his father’s approval, he invoked the biography of the famous Indian mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan, whom his father revered, who had twice flunked out of college because of his single-minded devotion to mathematics.

Ono describes his rocky path through college and graduate school, interweaving Ramanujan’s story with his own and telling how at key moments, he was inspired by Ramanujan and guided by mentors who encouraged him to pursue his interest in exploring Ramanujan’s mathematical legacy.

Picking up where others left off, beginning with the great English mathematician G.H. Hardy, who brought Ramanujan to Cambridge in 1914, Ono has devoted his mathematical career to understanding how in his short life, Ramanujan was able to discover so many deep mathematical truths, which Ramanujan believed had been sent to him as visions from a Hindu goddess. And it was Ramanujan who was ultimately the source of reconciliation between Ono and his parents.

Ono’s search for Ramanujan ranges over three continents and crosses paths with mathematicians whose lives span the globe and the entire twentieth century and beyond. Along the way, Ken made many fascinating discoveries. The most important and surprising one of all was his own humanity."

Keywords

Cryptography G.H. Hardy Mathematical Physics Namagiri Number Theory Ramanujan Mathematics Srinivasa Ramanujan

Authors and affiliations

  • Ken Ono
    • 1
  • Amir D. Aczel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Philosophy & History of ScienceBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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