# Ramanujan’s First Letter to G.H. Hardy

Jørgen Veisdal | Jan 11 |

On or about the 31st of January 1913, mathematician G.H. Hardy of Trinity College at Cambridge University received a parcel of papers from Madras, India which included a cover letter from an aspiring young Indian mathematician by the name of Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887–1920). The cover letter discussed three topics:

An introduction of Ramanujan and his precarious situation;

A claim about the domain of the gamma function; and

A claim about the distribution of prime numbers;

This essay provides an overview of the mathematical content of Ramanujan’s first letter, as well as Hardy’s reaction and response. **Read more**

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