Nearly 30 years after they have parted ways, a student suddenly remembers his math teacher from school days. As he starts writing about him, he is surprised to discover how much he remembers the math he was taught many, many years ago. Gradually, as everything comes back, he ends up writing a full narrative.
At the heart of this narrative is Channakeshava, the gentle teacher who took his students on a roller coaster ride of the world of mathematics. Beyond the school syllabus, sterile textbooks and mind numbing examinations, Channa introduced his students to the works of great mathematicians like Euclid, Gauss, Bhaskaracharya, Cantor and Euler.
In The gentle man who taught infinity, we journey with Channa and cross the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg, play with the intriguing Barber's Paradox, understand why mathematicians took nearly 350 years to solve Fermat's Last Theorem and explore the paradoxes of infinity.
Using storytelling to great effect, this remarkable teacher showed that mathematics is very much a human endeavor. It need not be the drudgery that we make of it, in our mad pursuit of marks and grades. Instead, the learning of math can be fun, meaningful and fulfilling.
As the narrative unfolds, teacher and taught, subject and craft all get intertwined and result in a fascinating story.