Robert Kanigel’s acclaimed biography of the great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan is being published in Malayalam for the first time.
Ananthatthe Arinja Aal, the Malayalam version of Kanigel’s The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan will be released by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy at a ceremony at the Kerala Science and Technology Museum on Wednesday, August 21.
The work has been translated by professors P Ramachandra Menon and T M Sankaran and Dr J W Crystal Florey under a joint project of the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute of Basic Sciences (SRIBS) – a capacity building initiative of the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) – and the State Institute of Languages, with the support of the Ramanujan Mathematical Society.
Kanigel’s inspirational book published in 1991 details the extraordinary life and work of Ramanujan, especially his seminal mathematical contributions and his life-changing association with English mathematician G H Hardy.
The translation of the book into all Indian languages was a nation-wide initiative launched in 2012 by the Government of India as part of the National Mathematical Year celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of Ramanujan’s birth. Ananthatthe Arinja Aal is the second translation of Kanigel’s book in an Indian language, after the first in Tamil.
The book release ceremony which will be held at 6.30 pm at the Priyadarshini Seminar Hall of KSTM will be preceded by the screening of a documentary on the life of the mathematician who died in 1920 aged just 32 after compiling thousands of astonishing mathematical results despite having no formal training in the subject. Letters from an Indian Clerk, the documentary by Christopher Sykes, was produced in 1987 on the centenary of Ramanujan’s birth.
Shri K C Joseph, Hon’ble Minister for Culture will preside over the function. Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai, the Executive Vice President of KSCSTE, will receive the first copy of the biography in Malayalam from Shri Oommen Chandy, who is also the President of the Council.
Dr M R Thampan, Director, Kerala Institute of Languages, will deliver the welcome address. Prof. C G Ramachandran Nair, Member, Governing Body of the Institute; Smt Rani George, Secretary, Culture; Prof. Ambat Vijayakumar, Head of the Department of Mathematics at CUSAT and Dr Shibu Sridhar, Assistant Director, Kerala Institute of Languages will speak on the occasion.