Robert Kanigel

Robert Kanigel

Sometimes in studying Ramanujan's work, [George Andrews] said at another time, "I have wondered how much Ramanujan could have done if he had had MACSYMA or SCRATCHPAD or some other symbolic algebra package."More Robert Kanigel quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Pi is not merely the ubiquitous factor in high school geometry problems; it is stitched across the whole tapestry of mathematics, not just geometry's little corner of it. Pi occupies a key place in trigonometry too. It is intimately related to e, and to imaginary numbers. Pi even shows up in the mathematics of probabilityMore Robert Kanigel quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
... combinatorics, a sort of glorified dice-throwing.More Robert Kanigel quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Plenty of mathematicians, Hardy knew, could follow a step-by-step discursus unflaggingly-yet counted for nothing beside Ramanujan. Years later, he would contrive an informal scale of natural mathematical ability on which he assigned himself a 25 and Littlewood a 30. To David Hilbert, the most eminent mathematician of the day, he assigned an 80. To Ramanujan he gave 100.More Robert Kanigel quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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