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The Indian clerk : a novel

Author: David Leavitt
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Leavitt's novel centers on the relationship between mathematicians G.H. Hardy (1877-1947) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). In January of 1913, Cambridge-based Hardy receives a nine-page letter filled with prime number theorems from S. Ramanujan, a young accounts clerk in Madras. Intrigued, Hardy consults his colleague and collaborator, J.E. Littlewood; the two soon decide Ramanujan is a mathematical genius and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
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Leavitt, David, 1961-
Indian clerk.
New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 82007
(OCoLC)608211108
Online version:
Leavitt, David, 1961-
Indian clerk.
New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 82007
(OCoLC)627413011
Named Person: G H Hardy; Srinivasa Ramanujan Aiyangar; Srinivasa Ramanujan Aiyangar; Godfrey Harold Hardy; G H Hardy; Srinivasa Ramanujan Aiyangar
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Leavitt
ISBN: 9781596910416 1596910410 9781596910409 1596910402
OCLC Number: 85766304
Description: 485 p. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: David Leavitt.
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Leavitt's novel centers on the relationship between mathematicians G.H. Hardy (1877-1947) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). In January of 1913, Cambridge-based Hardy receives a nine-page letter filled with prime number theorems from S. Ramanujan, a young accounts clerk in Madras. Intrigued, Hardy consults his colleague and collaborator, J.E. Littlewood; the two soon decide Ramanujan is a mathematical genius and that he should emigrate to Cambridge to work with them. Hardy recruits the young, eager don, Eric Neville, and his wife, Alice, to travel to India and expedite Ramanujan's arrival; Alice's changing affections, WWI and Ramanujan's enigmatic ailments add obstacles. Meanwhile, Hardy, a reclusive scholar and closeted homosexual, narrates a second story line cast as a series of 1936 Harvard lectures, some of them imagined. Ramanujan comes to renown as the the Hindu calculator discussions of mathematics and bits of Cambridge's often risque ̌academic culture (including D.H. Lawrence's 1915 visit) add authenticity.

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