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Friend of Numbers
The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan
Written by Priya Narayanan
Illustrated by Satwik Gade

Ages 5 to 9
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 10/17/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5608-1
Price: $ 17.99
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9.5 x 10.5
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A memorable, inspiring introduction to a groundbreaking figure in STEM history.

Growing up in southern India during British rule, Srinivasa Ramanujan was fascinated by numbers: they made patterns only he could see. Soon he spent as much time as he could in the world of mathematics, exploring concepts and trying to publish his ideas. In 1914, twenty-six-year-old Ramanujan sailed to England to work with the acclaimed mathematician G.H. Hardy. Cambridge University was so different from home, but Ramanujan’s love of numbers kept him going. He had big questions to ask—and important discoveries to make!

This captivating biography follows the short but brilliant life of a man recognized as a genius in his time and our own. With bright, occasionally amusing art and compelling back matter, Friend of Numbers is an unforgettable portrait of one of history’s most incredible mathematical minds.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Inspirational reading even for audiences resolute in their math avoidance.”
School Library Journal (starred review)
“A must-purchase for libraries, specifically for its handling of diversity and adversity among immigrants studying in higher education as well as its ability to show the childhood joy of discovering patterns and having that segue into higher mathematics.”