Ramanujan, another gem from India in the field of mathematics
Lucknow: India has always been hailed high in the field of mathematics and Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematical genius, is one of reasons behind this. He made significant contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory and continued fractions despite having not received any formal training in mathematics and completed mathematical research on his own in isolation. By the time he was in late teen, he completed an investigation on Bernoulli numbers and had calculated the Euler-Mascheroni constant up to 15 decimal places.Later, he moved to England and began working with the renowned mathematician G.H.Hardy. He died at an early age of 32 of Tubercolosis.
- Ramanujan was lonely as he was a differentially-abled child and nobody could understand him.
- He hailed from a poor family and used to use slate instead of paper.
- Srinivasa was so obsessed of mathematics that he failed in all the other subjects and lost his scholarship at Government Arts college.
- Srinivasa became a victim of racism in England.
- In his honour, the number 1729 is called Hardy-Ramanujan number regarding an incident of a taxi with this number.
- A Tamil based biographical film on Ramanujan's life was released in 2014.
- Google honoured him on his 125th birth anniversary by replacing its logo with a doodle on its home page.
- Srinivasa's contribution to mathematics lies mainly in analysis, game theory and infinite series.
- He was such a mathematical genius that he discovered his own theorems.
- It was just because of of his own keen insight and natural intelligence that he came up with infinite series π (pie).
- He was selected as one of the youngest fellow in the history of royal society in 1918.
- Ramanujan was elected " for his investigation in Elliptic functions and the Theory of Numbers".
- He was also elected a fellow of trinity College- the first Indian to be honoured.