Srinivasa Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician who lived during the British rule i.e. from 1887–1920. The year (2020) marks his 100th death anniversary. He was born in Tamil Nadu. He was a self-taught mathematician. His life was highly hindered by poverty but this did not stop him from excelling in his desires. Despite doing any formal training in Mathematics, he is very well known for his contributions to this field. Ramanujan worked and researched several themes and most of his claims are now proven right and authentic. His work was greatly appreciated and accepted by everyone.
Below are some interesting facts about this great mathematician:
•22nd December is called National Mathematics Day in India because of Ramanujan’s birth anniversary!
•He never had many friends in school because his peers rarely understood him at school & were always in awe of his mathematical abilities!
•Ramanajun was in extreme poverty that he often sustained on minimal food and did not even have enough money to obtain paper for his studies. As a result, he used slates for his mathematics and cleaned them with his elbow, leading to bruises and marks.
•Ramanujan got married in 1909 and at that time he was just 12 and his wife Janaki was just 10
•He was the first Indian to be elected as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
•As a young man, he failed to get a degree, as he did not clear his fine arts courses, although he always performed exceptionally well in mathematics.
•He received a scholarship to the Government Arts College but failed to study any subject but mathematics and lost his scholarship
•Even as Ramanujan did not have much knowledge about modern mathematics due to lack of formal guidance, no living mathematician equaled in his knowledge of continued fractions.
•After a funny incident, 1729 is called Hardy-Ramanujam number in his honor, and such numbers are called Taxicab numbers.
•The genius mathematician left his legacy three notebooks and a huge bundle of pages, which contained unpublished result which was being verified by mathematicians many years even after his death
•Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3,900 results, mostly identities, and equations. He is known for discovering the Landau-Ramanujan constant, Mock theta functions, Ramanujan conjecture, Ramanujan prime, Ramanujan-Soldner constant, Ramanujan theta function, Ramanujan’s sum, Rogers-Ramanujan identities, and Ramanujan’s master theorem.
•On the personal front, Srinivas Ramanujan was a strict vegetarian and follower of goddess Mahalakshmi of Namakkal. “An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God,” he had said.
•He died at the young age of 32 in 1920 reportedly due to hepatic amoebiasis. He also suffered from dysentery and severe vitamin deficiencies.
The above listed were some unknown, astonishing, and interesting facts about Srinivasa Ramanujan. The hardships that he faced were very bleak in front of his massive passion and desires. Remembering such a great personality and his great contribution to his 100th death anniversary is our greatest pleasure.
Contributed By- Manish Bhatt, Content Writer at Mitti Ke Rang
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