A Global Maths Prodigy of In­dian Ori­gin!

– Weird Maths: At the Edge of In­fin­ity and Beyond by David Dar­ling and Ag­nijo Ban­er­jee

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - by David Dar­ling and Ag­nijo Ban­er­jee

Ex­plores the cut­ting edge of mod­ern maths and delves

into fas­ci­nat­ing ques­tions that in­clude: Is any­thing truly ran­dom? Does in­fin­ity ac­tu­ally ex­ist? Can maths help us un­der­stand chaos?

Can chess be solved with maths?

If there are aliens and if they play mu­sic, would we like

it?

Weird Maths is a lively, ac­ces­si­ble, fun book about math­e­mat­ics, the maths that is all around us, that de­fines us, our in­tel­li­gence, our cu­rios­ity. Ag­nijo has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in ar­eas of maths that de­vel­oped in

In­dia, most no­tably num­ber the­ory. In the Weird Maths series, he has writ­ten about the ori­gins of zero and the math­e­mat­ics of chess, both of which have strong In­dian con­nec­tions, and the life and achieve­ments of great In­dian math­e­ma­ti­cians, such as Brah­magupta and Ra­manu­jan. One of his great­est fas­ci­na­tions is with large num­bers,a topic that has an­cient In­dian roots in texts such as Lal­i­tavis­tara Su­tra and Avatam­saka Su­tra, and that is dealt with in a chap­ter of Weird Maths called ‘The Big­gest Num­ber of All’.

Packed with puzzles and para­doxes, mind-bend­ing con­cepts and sur­pris­ing so­lu­tions, Weird Maths is a book for any­one who is in­ter­ested in maths or in pop­u­lar sci­ence.

About the Au­thor:

Ag­nijo Ban­er­jee is a child prodigy of In­dian ori­gin – he has an IQ of 162, the high­est a hu­man can have (the same IQ as Ein­stein’s and Stephen Hawk­ing’s). He took Higher Maths in his first year of sec­ondary school, scor­ing 99%, the fol­low­ing year he passed the Mensa test scor­ing the max­i­mum pos­si­ble IQ for the test of 162, and in his third year scored 100% in Ad­vanced Higher Maths. More re­cently he has taken part in in­ter­na­tional maths com­pe­ti­tions, such as the Balkan Math­e­mat­ics

Olympiad in May 2018, as part of the six-mem­ber Bri­tish team. Later this year, Ag­nijo starts his maths de­gree at Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge, where so many great math­e­ma­ti­cians of the past have stud­ied and taught, in­clud­ing Srini­vasa Ra­manu­jan. Weird Maths is his first book, co-writ­ten with his tu­tor David Dar­ling. David was born in Glos­sop, Der­byshire and has a PhD in as­tron­omy from the Univer­sity of Manch­ester. For the past 35 years, he has been a free­lance sci­ence writer and is the au­thor of nearly 50 books on sub­jects such as cos­mol­ogy, physics, phi­los­o­phy, and math­e­mat­ics. His web­site, The Worlds of David Dar­ling, has been a widely used online re­source for the past 20 years. He also tu­tors stu­dents in maths and physics and this how he first met Ag­nijo at the age of 13.

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