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Niels Henrik Abel: Norwegian Mathematical Genius

  • Krishnaswami Alladi

Abstract

Niels Henrik Abel, the Norwegian genius, like Ramanujan, died very young but had made monumental contributions nonetheless. And like Ramanujan, Abel suffered from poverty and ill health but did not let this impede his great creativity. We describe Abel’s life making comparisons with Ramanujan’s and discuss certain aspects of Abel’s work, such as his treatment of divergent series and his work on elliptic functions that have relationship with some of Ramanujan’s discoveries.

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© Springer India 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishnaswami Alladi
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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