MAA Writing Awards
Year of Award: 1979
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 51, (1978), pp. 147-164
Summary: Biography of Ramanujan, history of the Notebooks, discussion of some fascinating theorems.
About the Author: (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 51 (1978)) Bruce Berndt is a graduate of Albion College with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1966. He spent the year 1966-1967 at the University of Glasgow. Since 1967 he has been at the University of Illinois at Urbana with a 1973-1974 sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Some 1970 papers of Emil Grosswald which contained verification of some of Ramanujan's formulas followed from his own current research results in analytic number theory. As a result of this growing interest, Berndt presented a preliminary version of this paper as an hour talk at a 1975 Illinois section meeting of the MAA.