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La formula di Ramanujan (2001)
Marco Abate (writer) / P. Ongaro (artist)
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Contributed by Marco Abate

A trip from Berkeley to India via Oxford to recover the lost Ramanujan's notebooks, pursued independently by two (again, realistic) mathematicians, both driven by revenge, though of different kind. Along the way we listen to a biographic sketch of Ramanujan's life, to a very fast account of the use of prime numbers in cryptography, and to a philosophic discussion of how mathematics creates the real world.

All that in a comic book! Published in Italian as Martin Mystere 230, Sergio Bonelli Editore, Milano, 2001, 94 pp

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MotifReal Mathematicians,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Logic/Set Theory,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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