India is observing National Mathematics Day on Thursday (December 22) to mark the birth anniversary of legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Here are five points on Mr Ramanujan:
Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887, in Tamil Nadu’s Erode. He is known for his contributions to the theory of numbers.
Mr Ramanujan studied at Government College in Kumbhakonam in 1903. In college, he failed exams because he was focused too much on mathematics and ignored other subjects.
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Mr Ramanujan published the first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society in 1911. He travelled to England on scholarship in 1914 where he was tutored by and collaborated with British mathematician Godfrey H Hardy.
Mr Ramanujan’s mastery of continued fractions was unequaled by any living mathematician, as per Encyclopaedia Britannica. He worked out the Riemann series, the elliptic integrals, hypergeometric series, functional equations of the zeta function using his own technique that came to be called Ramanujan summation.
Ramanujan returned to India in 1919. A year later, he died at the age of 32 in Kumbhakonam.
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