A Maverick Mathematician

In these strange and troubled times, when the world is reeling under an infectious disease and a quarter million have died from Covid-19 (as of May 1, 2020), it is perhaps inappropriate to mourn the death of a single individual who died of complications caused by the coronavirus. However, for the world of mathematics, this individual was very special indeed. John Conway stood out among the community of mathematicians, a legend in his lifetime. 

The two books reviewed by N. Mukunda are
1. The Man Who Knew Infinity – A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, by Robert Kanigel and 
2. Chandra – A Biography of S. Chandrasekhar, by Kameshwar C. Wali

Insight into a Math Mind: Prof. A R Rao...
Elegance, they say, cannot be defined, merely demonstrated. Mathematics — and mathematicians — can have incredible style. Read this article, by Shailesh Shirali, to find out how.

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