Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

You Do the Math

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

You Do the Math

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In his new novel, The Indian Clerk (Bloomsbury USA $24.95), about the relationship between two real-life figures-mathematician G.H. Hardy, a closeted say man, and Srinivasa Ramanujan, a possible mathematical genius--out author David Leavitt sets the intellectual world of Cambridge, England, against a backdrop of impending war.

Where did the idea for The Indian Clerk come from?

It began when I was writing about Alan Turing and researching the culture of Cambridge before World War I. I became intrigued by Hardy as a character and intrigued by his relationship with [Ramanujan].

Did you have to teach yourself certain mathematical concepts while researching the book?

I did have to teach myself, but it was fun. My education in mathematics was high school calculus, and I was always sort of taught that math wasn't something I was supposed to be interested in.

You've written both fiction and nonfiction. Do you have a preference?

Whenever I'm writing a novel, I envy nonfiction. …

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