Although Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan may not be as well-known as other theorists, his many contributions to the field of mathematics are undoubtedly remarkable. With minimal formal education, Ramanujan made substantial advancements in number theory, continued fractions, elliptic functions, and infinite series. His contributions continue to impact present-day economics, computer development, and even the study of black holes. Ramanujan’s fascinating story – and partnership with Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy – is the focus of The Man Who Knew Infinity, a film starring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as unlikely genius Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons as the prominent Hardy.
Srinvasa Ramanujan was born in 1887 in Erode, India. He demonstrated an early inclination towards mathematics, and studied geometric and arithmetic series as well as cubic equations in his teenage years. (more…)