National Mathematical Year to honour Maths genie Srinivasa Ramanujam!

December 22, 2012 12:45
National Mathematical Year to honour Maths genie Srinivasa Ramanujam!

The country celebrates this year as the National Mathematical Year to honor Mathematics specialist Srinivasa Ramanujam Iyengar. Annually we celebrate this day as the National Mathematics Day but this year being the 125th birth anniversary of the genius, it is dedicated to him. His extraordinary contributions to analysis of the subject has filled many in awe, to this day.

Ramanujam had no formal graduation in Mathematics but pioneered in mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Many have quoted this stalwart as a born mathematician in league with Euler and Gauss.

Hailing from a poor Brahmin family Ramanujam was found to be excellent in the subject at a very young age. But he could not retain his scholarship at college, as he was very poor in other subjects.

Later he worked in the accounts department in Chennai port trust and independently worked on the subject of his interest. In the process he sent his findings to three academics of University of Cambridge.

One among them, G. H. Hardy, realized the potential of this genius and invited him to work in his team at Cambridge. Ramanujam was later elected as the Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

He has to his credit 3900 results of which very few were false or already found. The rest are a treasure trove to the world of mathematics.

His death at an early age left a big void in the subject he was passionate about. The genius died in 1920, when he was just 32 years of age. Te famous quote of this God-fearing mathematician was "An equation for me has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God." (Wishesh AarKay)

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