# What interview of G. H. Hardy by P. Erdős does Wikipedia refer to?

Quoting from the Wikipedia article on G. H. Hardy (emphasis mine):

Starting in 1914, he was the mentor of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a relationship that has become celebrated.[3][4] Hardy almost immediately recognized Ramanujan's extraordinary albeit untutored brilliance, and Hardy and Ramanujan became close collaborators. In an interview by Paul Erdős, when Hardy was asked what his greatest contribution to mathematics was, Hardy unhesitatingly replied that it was the discovery of Ramanujan. He called their collaboration "the one romantic incident in my life."[3][5]

I am curious to read this interview of one giant by another. After some Internet search, I found that the paragraph is taken from an encyclopedia entry on NationMaster.com, but unsurprisingly it cites no references for the said interview.

Have you heard about or read this interview before? Is it available online?

References.

[5.] Freudenberger, Nell (16 Sep 07). Lust for Numbers. The New York Times.

I am including the references because these are referred to in the quoted paragraph. However apparently -- this is just my guess -- none of them mentions the interview.

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I'm not sure this is an appropriate question for this forum, but it seemed to be of some interest to mathematicians. :-) –  Srivatsan Nov 29 '11 at 2:44
I'm not sure how Erdős fits into this, but... –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Nov 29 '11 at 2:47
...and there is this, too. –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Nov 29 '11 at 2:49
Well, the first link I gave is the place where "one romantic incident in my life" first appeared, I believe. –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Nov 29 '11 at 2:52
Interesting, the comment by Hardy is well-known, perhaps he made it several times. The association with Erdős was not known to me. It reminds me of other well-known historical facts about mathematicians: A copied it from B, who copied it from C, who copied it from D, who made it up. –  André Nicolas Nov 29 '11 at 3:07

A footnote traces this to $\it The Hindu$, 19 December 1987.