Thursday, April 21, 2016

R for Ramanujan

Welcome to the "Believe it or Not- That's Incredible India!" series. India is home to some of the most astonishing wonders in the world. The rich culture, heritage, food, scriptures, architectural marvels and scores of known and unknown facts come together to create this multicolored melange that is India. Throughout this month, read about the various believe it or not facts about India and know what goes into the making of this incredible country!


This man hardly needs an introduction! Srinivasa Ramanujan - the world renowned Mathematician who dazzled the world with his genius, continues to amaze us even today! Here are some interesting facts about him-

He was the man who knew infinity – literally! His infinite series for ‘pi’ was one of his most celebrated findings.

He has to his credit 3900 identities and mathematical equations. And this, after having no formal education in mathematics! Most of his findings were intuitive and were later found to be true!

He was the youngest mathematician to be inducted as Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of 31!  

1729 is known as the Ramanujan -Hardy number. Do you know the story behind it? It's a pretty interesting one. 
Godfrey Hardy was a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University. One day he went to visit Srinivasa Ramanujan who was ill. When Ramanujan heard that Hardy had come in a taxi he asked him what the number of the taxi was. Hardy said that it was just a boring number: 1729.
Ramanujan replied that 1729 was not a boring number at all: it was a very interesting one. He explained that it was the smallest number that could be expressed by the sum of two cubes in two different ways.
This story is very famous among mathematicians. 1729 is sometimes called the “Hardy-Ramanujan number”.

Ramanujan’s Magic Square-
The magic in the square is that the numbers in any row, any column, all diagonals, the corner numbers, the center square…in fact in many other permutations and combinations… all adds up to 139! What’s more, the first row is his date of birth- 22-12-1887! Howzatt for a genius?

As a mark of recognition of his genius, his birth anniversary, 22nd December, is celebrated every year as the National Mathematics Day.

Believe it or Not – That’s Incredible India!

There's a biopic soon to be released titled 'The Man Who Knew Infinity', Here's a link to the official trailer.


  1. I didn't know about mathematics day. How brilliant for him to spot a story in a number - i mean it would never strike me - that thing about cubes - but then I'm hardly a mathematician.

  2. I can't wait to watch the movie. I remember reading about him in school. He is pure genius :)

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  3. Lovely insights and unknown facts explained about such great mathematician. Great work dear.

  4. I remember his chapter from my school days and the teaser here is simply brilliant! Can't wait to watch!


  5. Wow, so much I didn't know about this great man! The movie sounds promising, only hope I don't need to brush up on my non-existent math skills before watching it ;)
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  6. It's so sad that he died so early! I cannot wait to watch this movie though.

  7. Remember reading about this genius mathematician in school and recently saw this trailer on TV too. What a brilliant mind!

  8. Thanks for sharing such interesting facts about the mathematical genius. The magic square is amazing and so is the story of Ramanujan - Hardy number.

  9. You've really done a commendable job showcasing incredible India


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